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Lightning kills one in S Rieng storm

Lightning kills one in S Rieng storm

One person was killed and dozens of homes damaged on Sunday evening in storms in Svay Rieng province, police said yesterday.

Khoun Chantha, deputy chief of staff for Svay Rieng provincial police, said the Svay Rieng town resident died after being struck by lightning.

“On that evening the lightning killed a 45-year-old man named Pich Man, who lived in Orkneak village,” he said.

The stormy weather also left 26 houses across the province damaged or destroyed.

In Svay Tiep district, 13 homes collapsed, while the roof of a house in Romduol district flew off in the strong winds.

In Svay Rieng town, six homes collapsed and four others were left seriously damaged.

A report released last week by the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) revealed that storms claimed the lives of at least 56 Cambodians, injured another 166 and damaged and destroyed more than 7,000 homes in the first six months of 2015.

Keo Vy, spokesman for the NCDM, said Man’s death had been added to the list of fatalities.

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