Investigation Underway After Pagoda Collapse Kills 3

Land management officers and court officials have begun an investigation into the causes and blame for the collapse of an under-construction pagoda dining hall on Monday that killed three people and injured at least 13 others.

The pagoda hall in Siem Reap province, measuring about 30 meters wide, 40 meters long and 8 meters tall, collapsed at about 2:15 p.m. on Monday as monks and builders were working on constructing a concrete upper floor, according to a statement from the provincial administration.

Three people died and 13 were injured, including three who sustained serious injuries, according to the statement, issued after search teams finished pulling people out of the rubble on Monday in Siem Reap City’s Kokchak commune. Two monks were among those who suffered minor injuries, it said.

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