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Storm accidents kill three in Sihanoukville

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The remnants of a collapse in Sihanoukville that claimed two lives. Fresh News

Three people were killed in two storm-related accidents in Preah Sihanouk province on Thursday night.

In the first incident, a man was killed when a wall collapsed at a brick factory in Prey Nop district’s Bit Traing commune during a heavy downpour.

Major General Chuon Narin, provincial police chief, yesterday identified the victim as Chia Qing Qing, 45, a Chinese national whose body is being kept in the provincial referral hospital.

“The victim’s body has been covered in plastic and frozen to wait for his relatives or friends to claim it,” he said.

Maj Gen Narin said that in the other incident, two construction workers, who were spouses, were killed when a fence collapsed in Sihanoukville’s Muoy commune.

“The couple built a small shelter near a brick wall. As a result of heavy rain, the wall collapsed and crushed them,” Maj Gen Narin said.

He was unable to remember their names. He noted that all three fatalities have been classified as deaths by natural disaster because there was heavy storms during the incidents.

“The Cambodian Red Cross and the provincial authority provided some money to the couple’s families for funeral expenses,” Maj Gen Narin added. “The Chinese national’s company is taking care of expenses even though he died in a natural disaster.”

Meanwhile, the provincial Land Management Department on Friday said that it had shuttered a nine-storey building in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune after some parts of it had given way; it was also found to have been constructed without a license.

“We decided to immediately close down the building and have banned anyone from occupying it for residential or business purposes,” a department statement said. “We asked everyone in it to immediately vacate the building.”

The statement also said that checks showed that materials used to construct the building were of sub-standard quality; all those living nearby were also asked to temporarily seek shelter elsewhere until the building is demolished.

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