Collapsed Building Had Too Little Rebar, Wrong Cement, Officials Say

Officials in Kep province, where 36 people were killed when an unfinished building collapsed on them last week, said the construction had various technical failures — from using incorrect materials to building too many floors — and diverged from what the building permit allowed.

A defense lawyer for the building’s owners, however, denied that it was more stories than it was supposed to be, and said his clients were not criminally responsible, but had agreed to pay compensation to the victims.

The building, owned by Ek Sarun and his wife Chhiv Sothy, fell on January 3 in Kep city, killing workers and family members inside, including six children, and injuring 23 other people who were pulled from the debris for three days by rescuers.

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