Death Toll Reaches 7 In Kep Building Collapse, Rescue Operations Ongoing

The incident comes months after a similar building collapse in Preah Sihanouk province’s Sihanoukville town, killing 28 people. At the time, the building was said to have not met the requisite construction quality requirements.

At least seven workers have been confirmed dead and 20 others injured when an under-construction building collapsed Friday afternoon in the coastal province of Kep.

The collapse occurred Friday afternoon around 4p.m, with Prime Minister Hun Sen reaching the site shortly after to oversee the rescue operation. The prime minister on his Facebook page said that seven people had been confirmed dead.

Authorities on Saturday said that the project had shoddy construction and Interior Minister Sar Kheng said two Cambodian nationals, who owned the building, had been arrested. The building has been under construction for around ten months, according to some workers and sources who spoke to VOA Khmer.

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