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    Cambodia Building Collapse Death Toll Climbs to 24, Rescue Operation Continues - Reports

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people dead in Saturday's collapse of a building under construction in Cambodia’s southern Sihanoukville province has increased from 17 to 24. As many as 24 others were injured, according to the Khmer Times newspaper.

    Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen has arrived at the site, the media outlet said. The search and rescue operation reportedly continues.

    The collapsed building reportedly belonged to a Chinese national who was renting the land from a Cambodian owner.

    Provincial governor Yun Min said, cited by the media, that the owner of the building had been warned about grave problems at the site and had been ordered to cease construction. Earlier Min said that 40-50 workers were supposedly inside the building when it collapsed.

    One Cambodian and three Chinese nationals, linked to selling or leasing the building, have been arrested, police said.

    Chinese investment has flooded Cambodia in recent years, spurring a construction boom in a resort town known for gambling casinos which attract Chinese tourists, AFP reported earlier, citing local officials.

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