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Lightning kills 1, injures 5 in Ratanakkiri

Lightning kills 1, injures 5 in Ratanakkiri

The Kingdom’s rash of storm-related fatalities continued over the weekend with the death of an ethnic Jarai villager in Ratanakkiri province.

Thirty-year-old Romas Yen, a farmer living in Andong Meas district’s Nhang commune, was killed Friday night when a violent thunderstorm blew a tree onto her house, crushing her, district police chief So Vannthin said yesterday.

Kilometres away, in the same district, five young men were injured by a lightning strike during the same storm as they sat watching television in a farmhouse in Kachut Leu village.

Vannthin identified the men as cassava workers Seng Phanet, 16; Mun Ratha, 23; Lorm Borei, 20; Heang Sort, 18; and Seng Tith, 23.

“After the accident, [the injured men] were sent to Ratanakkiri provincial hospital, and a funeral for the woman has been conducted in Jarai tradition,” he said.

Keo Vy, director of the cabinet of national natural disaster management committee, told the Post on Thursday that lightning had killed 58 people and injured 41 this year up until May 16.

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