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Building collapse kills one, injures four

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Authorities use an excavator to rescue the injured workers. Photo: DAP News

One construction worker died and another four were injured when a building collapsed yesterday along Pub Street in Siem Reap province’s Siem Reap city.

Duong Sokha, chief of the provincial serious crimes bureau, said that the collapse occurred at about 12.40am in Svay Dangkum commune.

“The five workers were sleeping,” he said. “The building collapsed and killed one of them, and left the other four injured. They were rescued and sent to hospital for treatment.”

Mr Sokha added that the building was an old French colonial building reopened as a restaurant. He noted that the victim’s body was handed to his family.

“All five victims were from Siem Reap’s Puok district,” Mr Sokha said. “Police officials are working with Land Management Ministry officials to find the people responsible.”

Major General Tith Narong, provincial police chief, declined to comment and referred questions to the Siem Reap city police chief.

Tep Channa, Siem Reap city police chief, said the building is owned by deputy provincial police chief Ly Kong Srun, but noted that Mr Kong Srun did not operate the building.

“This case belongs to provincial officials,” Mr Channa said, declining to comment further.

Provincial Governor Khim Bunsong said that Mr Kong Srun rented out the building and that repairs were ordered three days prior to the collapse.

“The owner of the building needed repairs to be done, but he did not get the repairs on time,” Mr Bunsong said.

He noted that a review of old French colonial buildings in the city was sent to Land Management Minister Chea Sophara.

“We will hold a meeting with the Land Management Ministry on Monday and other provincial land officials, and then we will issue a statement for business owners in the area,” Mr Bunsong said. “We will invite all Pub Street business owners who operate businesses in old French colonial buildings to attend because the area is populated with tourists.”

Mr Kong Srung could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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