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Lightning kills woman in Kampong Thom

Lightning kills woman in Kampong Thom

A woman was killed after being struck by lightning in Kampong Thom province amid torrential rains and strong winds across the Kingdom on Monday, bringing the storm-related death toll to 77 so far this year.

Stoung district’s police chief, Vorn Sophorn, said Reth Sam Ath, 34, from Banteay Stoung commune died on the spot after being struck by lightning as she was riding her motorbike.

“She was riding home from her farm at 4:40pm when the incident happened,” he said.

A National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) report obtained by The Post on Tuesday said for the first six months this year, lightning strikes killed 74 people and injured 50 others.

Additionally, lightning killed 81 head of cattle while storms destroyed 12 homes and a school office.

NCDM spokesman Keo Vy said in addition to the fatal lightning strike, Monday’s storm led to the death of three others as 530 homes were flattened, over 2,000 were partially destroyed and 18 schools suffered serious damage due to storms.

Vy called on people, especially in remote areas, to pay more attention to the severe weather and to stay indoors when a storm approaches.

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