PHNOM PENH,Cambodia.) JUST IN: Questions over Construction Standards: But PM Hun Sen accepts resignation of top disaster management official on Monday, saying he had failed to take responsibility for a Chinese-owned building under construction that collapsed on the weekend killing at least 28 people with many more missing in the province that is linked Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.24: Some 24 people were injured and many were feared still entombed in a mountain of twisted steel and rubble after the building came down early on Saturday in the coastal town of Sihanoukville: Investigators are trying to determine what caused the seven-storey steel and concrete structure to crumple without warning before dawn, trapping construction workers who were sleeping on the site: Provincial officials said 80% of the debris from the site had been cleared. It was not clear how many more people were missing.

The port and resort town has seen a rush of Chinese investment in recent years, especially in the casino, property and tourism sectors, and questions have been raised about construction standards: Prime Minister Hun Sen fired Nhim Vanda, deputy director of the National Committee on Disaster Management, because of a “lack of responsibility, and for lying” over the disaster, Hun Sen said on his Facebook page. He did not elaborate.

In a rare move, Yun Min, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province, submitted his resignation and it was accepted, Hun Sen said: “I apologise for the loss and tolerance, to all citizens, civil servants, armed forces of all kinds, in Preah Sihanouk province, for my shortcomings,” Yun Min said in a Facebook post: High-level resignations over wrongdoing are rare in Cambodia:

Four people have been detained for questioning, Cambodian officials said: The Chinese embassy said three of them were Chinese nationals: “The Embassy supports a thorough investigation of the accident and necessary measures by competent Cambodian authority in accordance with the law,” the embassy said in a statement.

Sihanoukville is home to Cambodia’s largest port and a Chinese Special Economic Zone linked to Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Reuters,Com/ Published: June.24: 2019: Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Editing by James Pearson, Robert Birsel

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