Three Cambodians die in building collapse at pagoda

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Three workers died and more than a dozen others were seriously injured after an under-construction dining hall at a Cambodian temple collapsed, police said on Monday.

The structure fell in on itself as workers laid concrete on the first floor of the building inside a pagoda compound in Siem Reap province, police said.

Local media showed an excavator trying to clear the site as rescuers carried away metal debris.

“Three workers died,” said a statement issued by Siem Reap provincial hall.

More than a dozen others, including two monks, “were pulled out from the debris alive”, the statement said.