In this photo provided by Cambodia National Police, backhoes work near a site of a collapse in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia Saturday, June 22, 2019. A seven-story building under construction collapsed, killing at least a few workers, authorities said. (Cambodia National Police via AP)

3 workers dead, 18 injured in Cambodia building collapse

June 22, 2019 - 2:57 am

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A seven-story building under construction collapsed in Cambodia's coastal city of Sihanoukville early Saturday, killing three workers and injuring 18, authorities said.

A rescue operation was underway to find out if any more workers were trapped in the rubble, said the city police chief, Maj. Thul Phorsda. The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training said that 30 workers were at the site when the building tumbled around 4 a.m.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collapse.

Yun Min, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province, said by telephone that the building was owned by a Chinese investor who leased land for a condominium — one of many Chinese projects in the thriving beach resort.

The provincial government said in a statement that four Chinese nationals were brought in for questioning in connection with the collapse. They include the construction supervisor.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said on his official Facebook page that the Cambodian workers were using the unfinished structure as their sleeping quarters. The building was about 70% to 80% completed.

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