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Balcony collapse kills in Kampong Cham

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This balcony fell on the guests at a house
This balcony fell on the guests at a house warming party in Kampong Cham. courtesy of the National Police

A 70 year-old woman died on the scene and another 11 people were injured when part  of a new house came crashing down on the assembled guests of the house warming party on Saturday morning (April 6) in Kampong Cham province’s Cheung Prey district.

The National Police report states that at some time during the celebration the struts holding the balcony and part of the floor of the new house buckled. The falling balcony caused the most human harm.

The cause of the collapse is as yet uncertain, but it may well be shoddy workmanship.

Two of the 11 injured at the house blessing accident. Photo: courtesy of the National Police

“The accident left one dead and 11 seriously injured,” it read. Ms Nhel, the septuagenarian, died before she could be taken to a hospital.  The 11 other injured persons, aged 38 – 80, did make it to a hospital.

Non-human victims of the accident were one motorcycle, one bicycle, and one tuk-tuk.

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