Seven people were killed and 18 injured in the collapse of a residential building under construction in Baima City on the afternoon of January 3, a spokesman for Cambodia's provincial government said. At least six others were buried, according to the survivors. The rescue effort is now under way.
White Horse government spokesman Luo Wudong told reporters that construction workers were working when the building collapsed and 20 or 30 people were trapped. Firefighters, police, medical personnel and so on quickly arrived at the scene to carry out the rescue.
Thousands of people, including some chinese,12 excavators, four cranes,10 ambulances, five fire trucks and more than 10 trucks, said chundi, head of the white horse fire department.
Reporter in the scene to see, building floor stack, steel bar distortion. Pan bowls, furniture, clothing and other daily necessities are scattered among the ruins. Excavators, cranes are removing rubble. Rescue workers work in pieces, using tools such as cutting machines, electric drills and hammers to open concrete blocks on the rubble.
The 37-year-old Cambodian soldier, Insavu, was on the scene from late on Wednesday to midday on Thursday. He told reporters he was skinny enough to climb into the rubble. He rescued three women from the rubble and one survived.
Dozens of Chinese arriving from other cities handed out drinking water to help carry concrete fragments. Staff of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Sihanouk province, Cambodia, donated money to the families and injured people at the scene.
Mr. Gao, a businessman in Cambodia from Ningxia, China, has more than 20 years of fire rescue experience and immediately drove from Phnom Penh after seeing the news of the accident on Wednesday afternoon. \"I want to use my expertise to provide some of the assistance I can do,\" he said.
At noon on the 4th, the families of the trapped people were still waiting at the scene. \"My brother, sister and brother-in-law are still buried in it, hoping the rescue team will find them quickly,\" said Mundo,26.
Papi, who was treated at the hospital, remained in shock. \"I don't think I'm going to survive being trapped in it,\" he said. It's dark, it's hard to breathe. I've been calling for help. Luckily, the rescuers found me three hours later. He said three other relatives were trapped in the rubble.