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‘Cambodian’ workers die in Thailand

‘Cambodian’ workers die in Thailand

Two Cambodian nationals are among those reported dead following the collapse of a beam at a construction site yesterday on the outskirts of Bangkok.

The death toll stood at 11 as of 4pm yesterday, while another 17 were reported injured.

A concrete beam fell down at the building site in Bang Phli district, part of the expansion of the Ramathibodi Hospital’s Chakri Naruebodindra medical centre, at about noon.

Ruamkatanyu Foundation staff said the fallen beam linked Buildings 1 and 2 on the fourth floor of the expansion. The beam, 20 by 15 metres and 30cm thick, fell to the second floor, landing on workers who were eating their lunch.

Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Koung yesterday said the government had not yet confirmed the deaths of the two Cambodian workers.

“Our embassy in Thailand is seeking information from Thai authorities to determine whether they are Cambodian nationals or not. We do not yet clearly know their identities,” he said.

REPORTING BY BANGKOK POST AND SEN DAVID

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