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One woman was killed and another severely injured when they were struck by lightning in Prachin Buri’s Prachantakham district Sunday evening.
The Prachantakham police were alerted of the incident, which occurred in Khao Yai National park at 4pm and alerted the Bamphen Thammasathan Foundation, which sent a team to retrieve the body and evacuate the injured woman.
Another woman, Kularb Sopha, 63, who was slightly injured, sought help at a nearby village for her two friends.
Kularb said the three woman had climbed up the heavily forested hill to collect the edible stems of a wild herb (Dioscorea filiformis) and were returning home in the rain.
The lightning strike killed Sanit Salee, 44 and severely injured Kham Nangkangkul, 71. Sanit had a burn on the back of her neck while Kham could not move her right arm and right leg.
Kularb said she and the two other women were walking in single file. She was in front and Sanit was bringing up the rear when she heard a loud clap of thunder and lost consciousness. When she came round, she discovered that Sanit was dead and Kham was injured so hurried out of the forest to seek help.