PHNOM PENH, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia announced Friday that dangerous natural phenomena such as lightning and thunderstorms will happen in Cambodia from mid-March to late June this year and urged the public to be vigilant.
"These natural phenomena could cause harm to humans, animals and properties," said the announcement of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology signed by Minister Lim Kean Hor.
"Such phenomena often happen at areas with very hot weather and clouds are made up in mushroom-like shapes before evolving to black clouds that cause rain. At the same time, lightning and thunderstorms will occur,"it said.
"The ministry would like to appeal to all people to pay high attention to these phenomena in order to avoid dangers."
The notice was issued after a strong rain and wind hit some provinces in the country's northwest Thursday afternoon and killed four people and injured four others. About 400 houses were destroyed.
Among the four deaths, three were due to houses collapsed on them and one was struck by lightning.
According to a report of the National Committee for Disaster Management, lightning strikes killed 103 Cambodian people and injured 72 others last year, while violent storms claimed five lives and injured 37 others.