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Kampong Cham riverbank collapse affects commune administration hall

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Around 50 metres of riverbank on Saturday collapsed in Kampong Cham province’s Kampong Cham city and has affected a commune administration hall building.

Provincial Governor Un Chanda, who inspected the collapse site in Veal Vong commune, on Saturday said he had ordered officials to tackle the problem immediately.

“The riverbank collapsed in Kampong Cham and officials are now studying ways to prevent any further collapse,” he said.

Commune chief Plouk Sovan yesterday said that on Saturday evening about 50 metres of the riverbank near the administration hall collapsed, putting the building at risk of collapse.

He noted that no one was injured and no houses are at risk, but the administration hall may have to be relocated.

Mr Sovan said that the riverbank also collapsed on October 25 and provincial and Water Resources Ministry officials used sandbags to shore it up. He added that recent rainfall caused it to collapse again.

“The riverbank collapse behind the commune administration hall puts at risk officials and residents who come to get service in it,” Mr Sovan noted.

He added that the commune administration hoped provincial officials will urgently shore up the river bank to save the Commune Hall building.

“In case there is a need, we suggest that Provincial Hall agrees to relocate the Commune Hall building to a safer place,” Mr Sovan said.

In July, about 300 metres of riverbank collapsed in along Street 223 in Kampong Cham province’s Stung Strang district, forcing authorities to relocate 112 families in Peam Koh Sna commune.

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