Three people were killed and a dozen sustained critical injuries in the temple building collapse in Siem Reap province’s Siem Reap city this afternoon, said health officials.
Pen Phalkun, director of Siem Reap provincial referral hospital, confirmed this evening that as of 5:30 pm, 13 victims were admitted to the hospital, but two of them succumbed to their serious injuries.
“I can confirm that we received at least 13 victims at hospital. Right now, two of them were pronounced dead because of serious injuries,” Mr Phalkun said. “One of my deputy directors was assigned to visit the scene to rescue people.”
Lim Heng, deputy director of provincial referral hospital, said this evening that the death toll rose to three as of 6pm.
“He sustained serious injury and we could not save him,” Mr Heng said.
Mr Phalkun said that authorities are working hard to comb and rescue other victims possibly trapped under the rubble.
A villager told Khmer Times at the scene that the temple building measuring 30 metres in width and 40 metres in length was under construction for years.
“We don’t know why it collapsed. I am very shocked to witness this accident,” he said.
Another villager said monks were also among the victims.
“The victims died because they were inside the temple building but others were rescued because they were outside and close to the building,” he said.
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