Source: Khmer Times / Wednesday, 04 May 2016 by Pav Suy
Freak storms killed a teenage boy, injured two others and destroyed more than 80 houses in three districts of Oddar Meanchey province on Tuesday, while people elsewhere in the country continued to line up for buckets of water as the prolonged drought showed no signs of ending, officials said yesterday.
Son Sophon, information officer for the provincial police, said a teenage boy was killed in his home in Samrong district town after it was hit by lightning. Two other people were injured when their home collapsed in high winds in Anlong Veang district, Mr. Sophon said.
Thunderstorms also hit swathes of the province’s Chong Kal district, the officer said, adding that they began in midafternoon and lasted until about 7 pm. Roofs were blown off, TV and radio antennas broken and 88 houses completely destroyed, Mr. Sophon said.
Provincial authorities were dispatched to assist those affected by the storms, he added. Besides providing assistance and materials for rebuilding, officials also warn people to be cautious during strong winds, especially those whose homes are not sturdily constructed.
During the first four months of this year four people were killed in storms and 47 injured, while eight people were killed by lightning strikes and another 13 injured, said Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management.
Mr. Vy said damage to property was extensive, with 233 houses destroyed and 1,022 more damaged. The roofs of seven schools were damaged, and 16 government buildings and markets were slightly damaged, he added. Another 15 hectares of rubber were damaged in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Chum district, Mr. Vy said.
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday expressed his condolences to the family of the boy who was killed. In a post on his Facebook page he also urged those affected by the storms to seek assistance from the Cambodian Red Cross, whose president is his wife Bun Rany.