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More victims recovered from Cambodia casino hotel fire

More victims recovered from Cambodia casino hotel fire

More victims recovered from Cambodia casino hotel fire

More victims recovered from Cambodia casino hotel fire

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  • 25 remains had been removed from the scene by Friday morning.
  • Fire broke out at the Grand Diamond City casino and hotel in Poipet.
  • Initial examination revealed that the fire might have been started by New Year’s decorations.
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According to Sek Sokhom, chief of the information department for the province of Banteay Meanchey, 25 remains had been removed from the scene by Friday morning.

As the hunt for victims continued on Friday, the number of fatalities from a major fire at a casino hotel complex in western Cambodia increased to 25, according to officials.

Around midnight on Wednesday, a fire broke out at the Grand Diamond City casino and hotel in Poipet, a town near the Thai border. It was put out more than 12 hours later, on Thursday afternoon.

According to Sek Sokhom, chief of the information department for the province of Banteay Meanchey, 25 remains had been removed from the scene by Friday morning. Six dead were discovered, some in their apartments and others on stairways, he claimed.

According to him, at than 60 people were hurt, and once rescuers are able to reach victims who are allegedly under debris or in locked apartments, the death toll is anticipated to grow.

According to a report from Soth Kimkolmony, a representative for Cambodia’s National Committee for Disaster Management, the Grand Diamond City casino complex employs 500 staff and had 1,000 patrons on Wednesday. How many people were there when the fire started and how many of them were able to escape safely were also unknown.

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Due to the disorganised rescue operations and the fact that many of those saved were transported across the border for treatment in the neighbouring Thailand, which has better medical facilities, it has been difficult to determine an exact death toll.

Rescue teams from Thailand and Cambodia have been scouring the 17-story building together, but they took a break from their operations overnight at the seriously damaged location.

Customers and employees alike made up a large portion of people inside; neighbouring Thailand dispatched firetrucks and rescue personnel to assist.

Sa Kaeo Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office in Thailand has recorded 109 injuries, with 57 hospitalised, and 11 fatalities, all of whom were Thai citizens.

According to local authorities, an initial examination revealed that the fire might have been started by New Year’s decorations that took too much electricity and overheated and burned cables.

The governor of Poipet city, Keat Hul, was described by the English-language news source Khmer Times as describing the commotion that followed the fire’s start.

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Fire extinguishers were used unsuccessfully by hotel and casino staff to put out the fire. Everyone was running around in a panic and largely heading for the closest exit, he claimed. “I was told that as black smoke was blowing through the building, there was a stampede out through the main door.”

He was quoted as adding that he thought majority of the fatalities were caused by smoke inhalation and that other people perished after jumping from tall buildings to escape the fire.

In contrast to the city of Aranyaprathet in wealthier Thailand, Poipet in western Cambodia is a hub of cross-border trade and tourism.

In Thailand, casinos are not permitted. Many Thais travel to nearby nations like Cambodia, a well-liked vacation spot with good access to the rest of the world, to gamble. There are more than a dozen casinos in Poipet.

The Grand Diamond City casino is easily accessible by foot from the Thai border crossing and is well-liked by visitors who travel the four hours from Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.

Hun Sen, the prime minister of Cambodia, spoke to the locals at a ceremony to repair a road in the southern province of Kampot on Friday morning, making his first public words on the disaster.

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He offered his condolences and stated that the disaster proved the need for adequate firefighting supplies in all of the nation’s towering structures. He also expressed gratitude to everyone who participated in the rescue operation, notably the Thai volunteers.

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