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In Brief: Boeung Kak families take compensation

In Brief: Boeung Kak families take compensation

The vast majority of families in Village 2 and Village 4 at the Boeung Kak lakeside opted on Saturday to vacate their homes and accept compensation in the form of US$8,000 and 2 million riels (US$486), resident Pol Toris said Sunday. Their decision came one day after municipal authorities again postponed an eviction deadline, which had been set for last Friday but was pushed back one week. Residents had been offered two other compensation options in addition to the one they took: a flat at a relocation site plus 2 million riels or new on-site housing after temporary relocation. Pol Toris said 125 of the 130 families had decided to take the money and move. Of the five holdout families, he said, "They want to develop at the site, but most of us have decided to accept the compensation because we are afraid that if we take their temporary housing we will get nothing from the company."

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