Building Collapse Incident: Foreign Embassies Extend Condolences to Bereaved Families

AKP Phnom Penh, June 25, 2019 — 

The Embassies of France, Japan, China and the U.S. in Cambodia have expressed their deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the incident of building collapse in Sihanoukville, Preah Sihanouk province recently.  

“The Embassy of France in Cambodia expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of an under-construction building collapse in Sihanoukville,” said the embassy in a statement on June 24.  

On the same day, the Embassy of Japan shared the condolence letter of Japanese Ambassador H.E. Horinouchi Hidehisa who offered his sympathies and wished the victims’ soul to rest in peace. 

Besides extending its condolences to the bereaved families and hopes for a speedy recovery of the injured, the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia voiced support for a thorough investigation of the accident and necessary measures by competent Cambodian authority in accordance with the law, as three Chinese nationals related to the accident have been brought under control by the Cambodian police. 

For its part, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh said it was deeply saddened by the loss of life in Sihanoukville as a result of the building collapse. “We extend our sincere condolences to those who have lost family members and friends in the disaster,” it added.  

In the early morning of June 22, a seven-storey building under construction invested by a Chinese national in Sihanoukville collapsed and caused many casualties. The search and rescue operations ended yesterday evening, with 28 deaths (4 women) and 26 injured (2 women). 

By C. Nika