Temple collapses in Cambodia, killing 3 and injuring 13

Cambodian rescuers search for victims from the collapse construction site in a Buddhist temple in Siem Reap on Dec 2, 2019.
Cambodian rescuers search for victims from the collapse construction site in a Buddhist temple in Siem Reap on Dec 2, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AP) - A Buddhist temple under construction in Siem Reap, home of Cambodia's famed Angkor temples, collapsed Monday (Dec 2), killing at least three people and injuring 13 others, including two monks, police said.

The deputy chief of Siem Reap Provincial Police, Pheung Chendareth, said workers were pouring cement for the ceiling of the temple when it suddenly collapsed, trapping the workers and two monks who were helping them.

He said the body of one worker was found under the debris and two other workers died at a hospital.

Workers told police that no other people were trapped, but rescuers said they would continue working until all of the debris is removed to make sure no one else was underneath, he said.