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Weather damage: Storms ruin dozens of lives, homes

Weather damage: Storms ruin dozens of lives, homes

At least 31 people were killed and 64 injured by storms during the first four months of this year, according to figures from the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).

Keo Vy, cabinet director at the NCDM, said strong winds and rains led to three deaths and 45 injuries in the first four months of 2014. A further 28 people were killed and 19 injured by lightning in the same period, he said.

“Battambang is the most affected province by natural disasters and the second is Banteay Meanchey province,” he said.

Yin Saven, governor of Cholkiri district in Kampong Chhnang province, said storms swept through Koh Thkov, Peam Chhkork and Cholsa communes on Friday, damaging hundreds of houses.

“This natural disaster also ruined the people’s crops . . . However, no one got hurt.”

Kem Sithorn, Koh Thkov commune police chief, said that authorities were working to repair the damage.

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