Rescuers scour rubble as Cambodia building collapse toll rises to 18

A Cambodian rescue team carries the body of a worker at the site of a collapsed building on a construction site in Preah Sihanouk province. – EPA pic, June 23, 2019.

VICTIMS of the Cambodia building collapse were buried alive as they slept, a survivor told AFP today, as the death toll at the Chinese-owned site rose to 18 and increasingly desperate rescuers picked through the compacted rubble for any further signs of life.

There are fears many more workers may be buried because rescuers have scoured barely half of the debris of twisted metal, glass and large concrete slabs, after the seven-storey building collapsed yesterday in the beach resort of Sihanoukville.

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