Lightning strikes kill two as return of colder temps predicted

Lightning strikes in Phnom Penh.
Lightning strikes in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

Two people were killed and one injured in three separate lightning strikes in Pursat and Prey Veng provinces on Monday, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management.

Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that reports from local authorities identified one of the victims as Yu Soleang, a 56-year-old farmer from Krokor district’s Tnuot Chum commune, in Pursat province. He was fatally struck while working on a cassava field behind the village, Keo said.

Another farmer, Yuon Chroem, 45, died while preparing rice seedlings in Prey Veng province’s Prey Pnov commune. A third farmer, Orn Sokhoeun, 26, was also struck while collecting cassava, but only fainted for a short time in Kanh Chor commune, in Pursat's Kandieng district.

Meanwhile, according to a Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology announcement issued on Monday, temperatures are expected to drop again this week, especially from Friday through next Monday in some northern provinces.

Phnom Penh is expected to see a drop to between 19 and 21 degrees Celsius, while temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 14 degrees along the Dangrek Mountains in Preah Vihear. Coastal areas, meanwhile, will remain warmer, at around 23 to 24 degrees.