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Cambodia: Sihanoukville building collapse death toll rises



Media caption Survivors are rescued from the rubble

A seven-storey building has collapsed in Cambodia, killing at least seven people with others reported missing, officials say.

At least 21 people have been injured – several critically – as the search for survivors continues into the evening.

The under-construction building in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, which is owned by a Chinese company.

In recent years ago, Sihanoukville has become transformed into the construction of Chinese hotels and casinos.

Four people have been arrested over the collapse, including the Chinese building owner. A Cambodian landowner has been taken in for questioning.

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A rescue team carries a wounded worker from the building
                

"Sihanoukville city police chief Thul Phorsda told the AFP news agency, after officials had put the number at three.

Cambodian ̵

1; two workers and a translator.

Reports vary on the number of people missing as rescue efforts continue.

The provincial governor said about 50 workers would be on site at that time.

  • Cambodia's Kampot

    • The building collapse – the worst of its kind in Cambodia in recent years – seeks to raise further questions on the rate of sustainability of construction in Sihanoukville. It is also likely to add anti-Chinese sentiment to the country.

      The once-small fishing village saw a boom in tourism in the 2000s, but the last three years have seen the area change beyond recognition with the construction of almost entirely Chinese tourists.

      Cambodia has notoriously lax labor laws, putting construction workers at risk.

      The International Labor Organization has highlighted the "exposure of workers to constant safety and health hazards" on building sites.

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      AFP

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      Workers are missing after the under-construction building collapsed in Sihanoukville
                      


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