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Electric fault triggers stampede in Cambodian garment factory: police

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PHNOM PENH, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) — At least 63 workers at the Sun Best garment factory in south Cambodia’s Kandal province either got injured or fainted in a stampede triggered by an electric fault Thursday morning, the police said in its website.
“The electric fault occurred after factory electricians connected electrical wires improperly,” it said, citing Mean Samnang, police chief of Snuol district, where the incident took place.

He said some 1,750 garment workers were on duty when the incident happened.

“The electric fault triggered fears among workers and they tried to make their way out of the factory, which resulted in a stampede,” he said. “There was no fatality in the event, but some 63 workers were either slightly injured or fainted.”

The ill-fated workers had been sent to hospitals shortly after the incident and the rest of the workers were allowed to take a day-off.

The garment industry, the country’s largest foreign exchange earner, made around 6 billion U.S. dollars in revenues in 2014. The industry has some 960 factories employing about 620,000 workers, mostly females.

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