Hun Many, representing the National Assembly, on Saturday gave out certificates of appreciation and cash rewards to hundreds of volunteers, police and military police officers for their rescue efforts during the deadly building collapse in Sihanoukville last month.
Kheang Phearum, provincial administration spokesman, today said that the presentation ceremony at a hotel in Sihanoukville was also attended by Environment Minister Say Sam Al and Preah Sihanouk Governor Kuoch Chamroeun.
“H.E Hun Many provided certificates of appreciation and some cash to reward those who took part in the search and rescue work after the building collapsed on June 22,” he said.
Separately Mr Many and Mr Sam Al also visited army officers who had helped to rescue the victims of the seven story’s building’s collapse which killed 28 people and injured 26 others.
During Saturday’s meeting at the Royal Navy’s Ream naval base in Sihanoukville, Mr Many met 415 officers and expressed his condolences to the families of those who had died and sadness over those who were hurt.
“Although what has happened is over, we must remember the efforts, energy and spirit of those who took part in a coordinated joint rescue mission without wanting anything in return,” he said.
Mr Many noted that even though the loss of lives was high, the incident clearly showed the solidarity of Cambodians in dealing with a disaster and hoped the rescue teams’ efforts would inspire others, especially the youths.