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One dead, seven hurt after lightning strikes

A home wrecked due to heavy winds and storm on Saturday in Kampong Chnan province. Nokorwat News
A home wrecked due to heavy winds and storm on Saturday in Kampong Chnan province. Nokorwat News

One dead, seven hurt after lightning strikes

A fisherman and his brother were struck by lightning on Sunday – one of them fatally – while six others were injured in storms, local police said yesterday.

Yin Sarat, Muk Kampoul district deputy police chief, identified the Kandal victim as Mit Soles, 59, an ethnic Cham fisherman.

He was struck by lightning while he was with his brother, Mit Sosyan, 57, and several others under a tent near the Mekong River.

“They [were] under a tent . . . with six people praying as part of the Islamic tradition” while it was raining, he said.

Mit Soles and Sosyan were the only two struck by the lightning, but the victim’s brother survived the strike.

Inclement weather also injured a family of six in Kampong Chhnang province’s Rolea Ba’ier district, when a rainstorm there caused their 3-metre-tall stilted home to collapse.

One of the six, a 12-year-old boy, broke his hand, while a 12-year-old girl broke both of her legs, according to Sok Bunthorn, Rolea Ba’ier deputy police chief.

The storm destroyed at least four other homes in the vicinity, he added.

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