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Four to be sent to court over deadly building collapse

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The rescue team  looking for more victims. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

Preah Sihanouk provincial police will send four people arrested in connection with the construction of the collapsed building to the provincial court today as rescue work goes on.

Read More: Death toll mounts to 25, including four females in Sihanoukville disaster

Provincial police chief Major General Chuon Narin said today that police will send Chen Kun, a Chinese national who leased the land for construction, Deng Xing Gui, a building contractor, Gao Yu, a concrete wall contractor, and Nhek Huy, a Cambodian who owned the land to the provincial court today.

“We will send the four people to the provincial court today after completion of questioning,” Maj Gen Narin said and  declined further comments.

All four people were arrested on Saturday after the seven-story building under construction in Sihanoukville collapsed  early Saturday morning.

Rescue work is still going on around the clock to look for more victims as it is believed that up to 60 people may have been in the building, living there while the upper floors were being constructed.

Provincial authorities said that up to 80 percent of the collapsed building’s rubble has been cleared.

The death toll from the building collapse continued to climb as rescuers retrieved the bodies of more dead workers last night.

This brings the death toll thus far on Monday morning, to 25, four of whom were women while the number of injured remained at 24, of whom two were women.

Prime Minister Hun Sen visited the scene to personally look into search rescue and retrieval efforts for four hours since 12 am to 4 am on Monday early morning.

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