Governor orders workers to leave unsafe buildings

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Preah Sihanouk provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun yesterday ordered dozens of workers to leave the construction site of Chinese-owned buildings in Sihanoukville after cracks were found on it.

Mr Chamroeun said he and his officials went to inspect the site after receiving information that there were problems at the twin six-storey buildings.

“We ordered all the workers at the site to leave immediately because we were concerned for their safety,” he noted. “We have ordered work to be suspended until inspections are carried out.”

Kheang Phearum, Provincial Hall spokesman, yesterday said the governor suspended work at the construction site immediately after receiving information about the cracks.

“Now, experts are reviewing the construction site,” he said.

He noted that a Chinese national rented the land from a Cambodian and hired 51 workers to build a hotel.

Mr Phearum said that ever since a seven-storey building in Sihanoukville collapsed in June, killing 28 and injuring 26, 17 buildings which were poorly constructed had been demolished in the city.

“On behalf of the Preah Sihanouk provincial administration, I appeal to all building owners to respect the laws on construction,” he said. “They must request for a licence from the Land Management Ministry first.”

 

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