Five stupas in a Buddhist pagoda have been damaged due to collapse of the riverbank in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district yesterday while local authority have appealed to people to move the remnants of their deceased out of the area.
Yon Sophal, a Veal Sbov commune chief, said today more than 10 meter section of the river bank collapsed in Kdey Takoy pagoda in Veal Sbov commune’s Kdey Takoy village.
Ms Sophal said that two stupas along the river bank collapsed and four others are expected to collapse soon.
She said that there was a heavy rain before the river bank collapsed and noted that villagers accused sand dredgers of causing the river bank to collapse.
“At this place, there is no illegal sand dredging. This is what the villages accused. But for real reason, we could not have a conclusion yet” she said. “There are no victims because of the river bank collapse but some stupas are damaged. We are contacting the families who have ashes in the stupas to come and move it to safety place.”
Chbar Ampov district governor Cheng Monira said that district authority is trying to prevent more collapse.
“Our forces have used some dirt sacks to put at the place to prevent more river bank collapse,” Mr Morina said.
Set Seng, a monk at Kdey Takoy pagoda, said that most of stupas along the river have been built after families of the deceased asked for pieces of land to keep the ashes of their deceased members.
“Most of the families who have the ashes of their deceased members are not living around here. The pagoda is trying to contact them and ask them to bring the ashes out. We are afraid that the ashes will lose to the river,” he said.
Full story in Monday’s paper