Cambodian PM Visits Building Collapse Incident Site in Preah Sihanouk Province

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen arrived at the site of the under-construction building collapse incident yesterday, around mid-night.

After his arrival in Phnom Penh on June 23 afternoon from the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Samdech Techo Hun Sen went to Preah Sihanouk province by car at night to inspect the rescue work at the incident site.

Hundreds of competent forces have been deployed to the incident site to rescue the victims. In total, 25 people have been reported dead as of this morning, and 24 others injured, while the search for survivors continues.

The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia has expressed deepest condolence to the victims of a recent building collapse in Sihanoukville.

On the early morning of June 22, a building under construction invested by a Chinese national in Sihanoukville collapsed and caused many casualties. The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia is greatly saddened by the tragic loss, expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and hopes for a speedy recovery of all that are injured in the accident, said the embassy's statement dated June 23.

Meanwhile, it added, the Embassy immediately reached out to Chinese enterprises and chambers of commerce in Cambodia, mobilising human resources, materials as well as equipments including large excavators to help with the rescue. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia is also coordinating follow-up rescue actions.

As three Chinese nationals related to the accident have been brought under control by the Cambodian police, the Embassy supports a thorough investigation of the accident and necessary measures by competent Cambodian authority in accordance with the law, underlined the statement.

According to the latest press release of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration, as of this morning, at 6:30, 24 people, of them 4 women, have been reported dead, and 24 others injured (2 women), while the search for survivors continues actively until now.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press