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Lightning strike kills one, injures two farmers in Oddar Meanchey

Lightning strike kills one, injures two farmers in Oddar Meanchey

One person died and two others sustained injuries after a lightning strike on Saturday in Ampil commune, Banteay Ampil district, in Oddar Meanchey province.

Oddar Meanchey Provincial Administration spokesman Chea Piseth told The Post on Sunday that No Nory, 19, was killed while his wife Yin Sophy, 19, and his brother-in-law Yin Chamnan, 26, sustained injuries. They were 10m apart.

“The three were ploughing farmland to grow crops and it was raining,” Piseth said.

The survivors were rushed for treatment at the Oddar Meanchey provincial referral hospital by parents and local authorities. The remains of the deceased were taken to Banteay Ampil pagoda.

Lightning strikes in Oddar Meanchey have killed three people and injured four thus far. A cow also became a victim.

A report from The National Committee for Disaster Management said lightning strikes have killed 14 people in Cambodia so far this year.

Nine people have sustained injuries, 20 cattle have been killed and eight houses damaged. However, the cases have dropped noticeably compared to the same period last year when 46 people died, 44 sustained injuries and 63 cattle perished.

The Ministry of Water Resource and Meteorology has reminded the public to be cautious about the possible dangers during rain, especially those who live in the highlands and the central plains.

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