At Least Five Illegal Projects Uncovered in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Following Fatal Building Collapse

A new committee tasked with inspecting construction permits in Preah Sihanouk province in the wake of a fatal building collapse over the weekend has already found five illegally operating projects, Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Wednesday.

On June 22, an unlicensed seven-story building collapsed in the provincial capital Sihanoukville, killing 28 people and injuring 26—many of whom were construction workers sleeping on the second floor at the time of the incident.

A day later, the government ordered the creation of the Committee for the Inspection of the Quality of Buildings to review the technical aspects, standards, and safety of construction projects in Preah Sihanouk. The committee reports to the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction.

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