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Sihanoukville building collapse death toll rises to 7

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Provincial governor comforting some of the victims at the local hospital. Supplied

The number of dead and injured in the collapse of the sevens story building at Sihanoukville has risen to seven as of 6pm Saturday.

An official told Khmer Times that that the number of wounded has also rises to 23 and all of them are currently hospitalized and undergoing treatment.

“We are continuing with our search and rescue efforts as we have yet to determine the total number of people who were staying in the uncompleted hotel project when it collapsed early this morning (Saturday).

“We will clear the debris as carefully as we can and hopefully there is no one else trapped under the rubble. It is a difficult task and the rescue team is working as best as they can, carefully and as fast they can,” the official who declined to be identified said.

Meanwhile, away from the site of the tragedy, Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Yun Min visited the injured people and handed out donations and words of comfort.

Monks chanting at a coffin of one of the seven deceased. Supplied

At other locations, at the hospital mortuary and also homes of the dead, monks were performing last rites to the deceased before cremation.

The building under construction is owned by a Chinese businessman who has been arrested, along with three others. The building was reportedly being built as a hotel and measured 15 meters in width and 30 meter in length and was said to be almost 80 percent completed.

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