13 dead in Cambodia building collapse — At least seven workers died in the collapse Saturday morning of a building under construction in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, officials said, fearing that many more were buried under the rubble.
The owner of the building, a Chinese national, was arrested, along with the site manager, for the purposes of the investigation.
The seven-storey building, which was 80% built, collapsed early Saturday morning as workers were working on the site of this booming seaside town.
The provisional record of police source passed in the morning from three to seven deaths. At least 21 other workers were injured, many of them in serious condition, and some 20 people may have been trapped in the rubble.
However, the authorities were not able to say how many people were at the time of the tragedy.
According to the governor of the province, a construction site of this type normally employs about fifty workers at a time.
Images from the television showed excavators lifting heaps of debris in search of the missing.
“There are more than 30 people under the rubble,” the Minister of Information, Khieu Kanharith, said on Facebook earlier, citing witnesses.
The building belonged to a Chinese national who had rented the land on which construction was being built to a Cambodian landowner, according to Governor Yun Min.
Sihanoukville was a fishing village before becoming a popular destination for Western and Russian tourists.
Chinese investments have multiplied in recent years, resulting in a real estate boom in this city especially known for its games. There are about 50 casinos owned by Chinese and dozens of hotels under construction.
Between 2016 and 2018, the Chinese government and private companies invested $ 1 billion in Preah Sihanouk province, according to official figures.
Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, is known for failing in its labor laws and protecting workers.