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Cambodia: Sihanoukville building collapse death toll rises

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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 was owned by a Chinese company.

In recent years, Sihanoukville has been transformed by the construction of Chinese hotels and casinos.

Four people have been arrested over the collapse, including the Chinese building owner, the head of the construction firm and the contractor. A Cambodian landowner has also been taken in for questioning.

“Now the death toll from the building collapse is seven,” Sihanoukville city police chief Thul Phorsda told the AFP news agency, after officials had earlier put the number at three.

Three of the victims have been confirmed as Cambodian – 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 usually be on site at that time.

BBC

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