Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Storm in K Thom Lightning injures two, kills one

Storm in K Thom Lightning injures two, kills one

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Ruins of the storm that damanged 55 houses on Saturday in Kampong Thom's Baray district. Photo supplied

Storm in K Thom Lightning injures two, kills one

Lightning in Kampong Thom province’s Baray district killed one and injured two as heavy rains devastated homes and buildings across Cambodia on Saturday night.

Baray district police chief Suong Then said that 51-year-old Yan Phat, of Daun Duong village, died when lightning struck him and his two cows as he ploughed his field. Two other men from Chhouk Ksach village, who were standing nearby, survived the strike, but are undergoing treatment at the district referral hospital.

Rains from the storm destroyed 55 homes, Then added. In Banteay Meanchey’s O’Chrou district, another rainstorm destroyed five houses, one rice mill and the roof of a school building, according to district police chief E Chheng Sokha.

Meanwhile, Rokha Kiri district police chief Sea Thy said that a rainstorm severely damaged 23 homes across Battambang province.

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy yesterday said that high temperatures increased the likelihood of rain and lightning occurring.

“However, this year is more favourable to the cultivation of farmland, compared to the previous one, which was full of droughts,” he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the

  • Royal Group's Koh Rong luxury hotel officially opens

    The Royal Sands Koh Rong hotel on Monday marked its official launch as the first luxury resort on Cambodia’s most visited island. Prime Minister Hun Sen presided over the inauguration of the hotel, which has been open since December, and features rooms priced at