Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Lightning fatalities down so far this year

Lightning fatalities down so far this year

Lightning fatalities down so far this year

Lightning has claimed at least 70 lives and injured 50 others so far this year, while floods have resulted in the deaths of 49 others, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management.

From the start of the year to mid-September, lightning killed 70 people in 19 provinces across the country, said Keo Vy, cabinet chief of the NCDM.

“The provinces that bore the brunt of this are Battambang, with 14 deaths, nine in Banteay Meanchey, and six in Kampong Cham, and other provinces with three or four deaths,” he said.

The number of people who died from flooding as of Sunday was 49, while 12 provinces remain affected, said Vy.

Despite the grim toll, the figures indicate a decrease in fatalities so far.

During the same period last year, 101 people died from lightning and 75 were injured, while floods in 2013 claimed the lives of 168 and injured 29, said Vy.

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman