Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
THREE people were killed instantly and another 30 were seriously injured when a bolt of lightning struck in Mondulkiri province’s O’Raing district yesterday.
Yim Dara, director of Dak Dam commune Health Center, said the victims worked for a Chinese pine tree company and were planting trees in Dak Dam commune when a storm hit.
“I think that this is the first time that so many people have been killed and injured by lightening during one day of heavy rain in the province,” he said.
The strike came during a two-hour downpour that began at about 3pm, he added.
“There was heavy rain and strong winds, along with a lot of lightening in our province,” he said.
Yim Dara said all of those who had sustained injuries during the strike had been rushed to the district health centre for treatment.
A total of 24 people were killed by lightening strikes in the first four months of this year, an increase of ten from the previous year, an official from the National Committee for Disaster Management said earlier this week.