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Victims of Battambang bus blaze await compensation

A burned out Rith Mony bus sits on the road in Battambang province earlier this week in the aftermath of a blaze that killed one person. Photo supplied
A burned out Rith Mony bus sits on the road in Battambang province earlier this week in the aftermath of a blaze that killed one person. Photo supplied

Victims of Battambang bus blaze await compensation

Passengers injured when a Rith Mony bus burst into flames on Saturday, killing one and injuring five, are demanding that the bus company pay reasonable compensation for their losses, with some filing complaints with Battambang provincial police.

The family of Long Thea, the 42-year-old man who died in the blaze, lodged a complaint with the police on Monday, but says it will drop the complaint if the company offers appropriate compensation for their loss. The family did not disclose how much they expect to receive.

“The company came to donate 1 million riel [about $250] for the funeral, and we are waiting to see what action it will take next and how much it will help,” said Teap Ry, Thea’s uncle.

The company, which was warned by the Transportation Ministry in 2013 to cut down on traffic accidents or face closure, has yet to visit many of the injured patients.

Prak Tachak and his wife Chhoen Sina, two of the passengers injured in the fire, confirmed that the company hadn’t gotten in touch with them. Tachak sustained minor injuries while Sina was badly burned on her face and hands.

“We will wait and see if my wife gets better,” Tachak said. “We do not know whether we will file a complaint, because we are afraid that they [the authorities] will charge us a lot of money.”

Pang Marin, a manager at Rith Mony, said the company is preparing the paperwork to provide compensation for the victims.

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