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Deadly construction collapse mounts to 28

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Prime Minister Hun Sen inspecting the recovery operation of the bodies from debris. KT/Khy Sovuthy

The death toll from the building collapse in Sihanoukville has risen to 28 as of Monday evening, a senior police officer said.

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Four more bodies were  found under the rubble. Two were found dead while two were miraculously pulled out alive. 

The 28th body was  been discovered at 4:15 pm while the joint forces were digging  up debris and found the body buried under the heavy construction steel.

“The working group have cleared up to the second floor and is expecting to complete  the search for the victims by tomorrow [Tuesday] evening or beyond that,” said a senior police officer who asked not to be named.

“The work is complicated due to the heavy debris and mangled steel.” he added.

Prime Minister Hun Sen was at the site to oversee the operations to find the bodies of the workers who are believed to be  still buried within the debris.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Chinese ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian said he will call on all Chinese enterprises at Preah Sihanouk province to offer more aid, including necessary equipment to Cambodian authorities.

Mr Wentian said he welcomes Chinese investors in Cambodia, but noted that they must respect and follow the laws.

“All Chinese investors must pay closer attention to the quality of their investment in order to ensure definite safety,” he said. “I call on Chinese investors to continue investing in Cambodia with good quality and high security.”

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