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City Hall: Bridge destruction is fake news

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The newly constructed bridge across the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Phnom Penh Capital Hall today released a statement informing the public to remain calm after reports were published online on Tuesday saying that unidentified men were dismantling the newly built Russey Keo district bridge.

According to the statement, Department of Public Works and Transportation and Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation, the company designated for the construction, sent a team of engineers today morning to check on the bridge following reports that it was being deconstructed from the bottom up.

The statement said that it was in fact scavengers transporting leftover steel left from the former construction site.

“The whole bridge is new,” the report said “Please let traffic normalise.”

Chea Pisey, Russey Keo district governor, said the police questioned four people Tuesday night at around 10pm after suspecting that they were stealing metal bridge pieces from the site.

He identified the men as Moh Moud, 30; Mat Kriya, 56; Ty Smankoh, 17 and Tiet Artok, 17. They were found to be fishermen scavenging metals and were released shortly after.

“After they were questioned we found out that they just went there to collect metal pieces that remained from during the construction period,” he said.

Full story on Thursday’s paper

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