Death toll rises to 18 in Sihanoukville’s building collapse

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The rescue team found more bodies after the collapse of the seven-story building in Preah Sihanouk province. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

Death toll in the collapse of the seven-story building in Preah Sihanouk province has risen to 18 as of today while rescuers are scouring for more victims.

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Visiting the collapsed building this morning, Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Yun Min said that forces retrieved 18 bodies and rescued 24 victims being trapped in the rubble.

“Our forces found [18] bodies and rescued 24 victims, all of whom have some form of injuries,” Mr Min said.

“Our forces are continuing to search for  victims who mat be still trapped  in the collapsed building,” Mr Min said.

“Our forces are working hard to find the victims throughout the  day and night.”

The building under construction was located in Bei village,  Buon commune and 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.

A resident who lives next to the building alleged that provincial land management authorities had tried to ban the construction twice, but the owner of the building colluded with local authority to continue building it.

Lou Kim Chhun, vice president of Cambodian Red Cross in Preah Sihanouk province, visited victims being hospitalised at Preah Sihanouk provincial Referral hospital, and said Prime Minister Hun Sen offered five million riel to each survivor and the CRC also offered 1million riel to each of them.

“Moreover, Prime Minister Hun Sen provided $10,000 to each family of the dead and Labour Ministry gave $1,000 to each family of the dead. The CRC and Preah Sihanouk provincial authority gave $2,500 to each family of the dead,” Mr Kim Chhun said.

 

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