Temple building collapse injures 20 in Siem Reap

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The temple building which collapsed in Siem Reap. KT/Pech Sotheary

Latest: Three dead in temple collapse in Siem Reap

A temple building under construction in Siem Reap province’s Siem Reap city collapsed this afternoon, injuring more than 20 workers, including monks.

Siem Reap city governor Nuon Putheara said that the building collapsed in Prasat Kokchak pagoda in Koukchak commune at about 2pm today.

“Our joint forces are working hard to rescue the people trapped under the rubble,” Mr Putheara said.

Tith Dira, Koukchak commune chief, who visited the scene, said that before concrete slabs and scaffoldings had collapsed, about 20 or 30 people were working at the site.

He said that most of the workers are village security guards who volunteered to construct the building.

He said he was unsure how many people sustained injuries.

Yim Phally, a villager, said that the temple building was built a few years ago but went unfinished due to lack of fund.

Ms Phally said that four ambulances were transporting the victims to hospitals.

“About 20 people are being trapped under the rubble. I saw about 10 people rescued from the debris,” she said. “We are concerned that they are in critical conditions.”

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