Cambodia hotel collapse search ends, 36 dead

The rescue effort lasted almost two days, mobilizing hundreds of workers to pull people from the rubble. Experts say low safety standards in Cambodia raise the risk of accidents at construction sites.

Cambodian authorities on Sunday called off the search for victims in the rubble of a seven-story hotel under construction, which crumbled to the ground in the southern Kep province on Friday afternoon.

The final death toll was estimated at 36, with Prime Minister Hun Sen saying that 23 people had been pulled from the rubble alive.

“This is yet another tragedy,” said Hun Sen, who promised that families of the victims would get $50,000 (€45,000) each in compensation, while those injured would receive $20,000 (€18,000).

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