Death toll from a Chinese-owned building site collapse in the Cambodian resort town in Sihanoukville has risen to 17, according to authorities on Sunday, as rescuers are trying to find a burial victim.
The construction was collapsed early Saturday morning at the Sihanoukville coastal resort town in southwestern Cambodia, the rapidly developing city is often visited by tourists.
Four people have been detained in connection with the accident including Chinese building owners, chief construction firms and contractors. A local landowner was also arrested at the regional headquarters for interrogation.
The seven-storey building was almost completed when it collapsed, reportedly causing Death toll and dozens of workers to be trapped.
Preah Sihanouk regional authorities said 17 people were killed in the incident with 24 injuries, according to a statement.
More than 1,000 people including soldiers, police officers and paramedics work endlessly looking for survivors.
An investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said negligence was the cause of the incident.
“The collapsed building in the prefecture of Preah Sihanouk is painful for the country, especially the families of the victims,” Hun Sen said.
Cambodian Prime Minister, announced a compensation of US $ 10,000 for the families of the victims.
There was no confirmation of the actual number of workers in the building when it collapsed, although the authorities said that 30 people were trapped.
Governor of Preah Sihanouk, Yun Min said, about 50 workers were usually at a construction site during the incident.