A teen was struck dead and seven others seriously injured Wednesday in Kampong Thom province as a deadly season of lightning strikes continued unabated.
Em Vun, deputy police chief in Baray district, said 15-year-old Pek Noeung was among a group of eight who ran for cover during a rainstorm. “They ran from the fields and were hiding under a tree when the lightning struck,” Vun said yesterday.
The same day in Preah Sihanouk province, 44-year-old Hun Horn was struck by lightning and killed immediately while working on a farm, according to Kampong Seila district police chief Hy Doung.
A recent report by the National Committee for Disaster Management said 49 people were struck dead by lightning in the first four months of the year.