A couple were retrieved from the debris from the seven-storey building collapse in Kep city today, bringing the number of survivors to 20.
Trapped for about 20 hours under the rubble, Dem Yun, 33 and his wife, Koem Tem, 31 from Kampot province’s Chum Kiri district were found alive this afternoon.
“We have spent hours to rescue them after we heard their voice calling for help,” a rescuer said as one of the victims was transferred to a waiting ambulance.
Ms Tem, who looked pale and exhausted, said that after the collapse she and her husband were injured but were struggling to move out of the rubble.
“We tried to move from where we get stuck. At the beginning we tried to shout for help but no one heard us,” she said. “We had no food and water. My husband did not give up as he was trying to remove some pieces of the rubble to get air.”
At the hospital, Mr Yun is in intensive care as he sustained critical injury.
“I wish to express my thanks to all rescuers and Samdech Prime Minister,” Ms Tem said.
Mr Hun Sen visited the victims at Kep provincail hospital Friday.
Phea Sophon, 26, another injured victim from Banteay Meanchey province, said his four-month pregnant wife remains trapped under the rubble.
He said he was at the ground floor when the building collapsed.
“Shortly before the collapse, I heard some loud noise from one of the pillars, then I tried to jump out but I still got injured from pieces of concrete,” he said. “ Unfortunately, my pregnant wife was stuck in the building,”
“ I don’t know why it collapsed. I just worked here for a few months, “ he said. “we are so poor that we decided to live inside the construction site to save money.”
This afternoon authorities used dozens of machineries to remove rubble at the site as there is still a slim hope of finding more survivors.