Wednesday, 2.4.2008: 48 Houses of Citizens in Samaki Village Fell into the River, and Two People Are Missing

Posted on 2 April 2008. Filed under: Week 554 | Tags: , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 554

“Over a distance of 70 meters dozens of houses fell into the Tonle Sap River on 1 April 2008. Five people were injured and had to be rescued. One child was missing due to the collapse.

“The authorities were evacuating people who reside along the bank of Tonle Sap River in Samaki village opposite of the Psar Touch milk-production factory, in order to avoid any danger of continuous landslides.

“48 houses of 58 families, who live in Group 20, Samaki Village, Russey Keo, Phnom Penh, located along National Road No. 5, opposite the Samaki Market, fell into the Tonle Sap River at 3 p.m.

“The authorities said that 48 houses of 58 families collapsed into the Tonle Sap River, so that five people had to be rescued from the water when their houses collapsed. The rescued people were one child and four old people.

“Kop Sleh, the deputy governor of the above district, said that the collapsed houses were built in a disorderly manner along the river bank.

“He added that the authorities were evacuating the residents along the river bank for fear that the collapse might continue.

“He considered the collapse to be a natural disaster, giving as the reason that now we are in the dry season when the current of the river is weak. A collapse might happen more probably during the rainy season, when the current is much stronger. As for the people who were victimized by the disaster, the authorities are looking for a location for them to live for the time being, in order to wait for permanent solutions later.

“He denied that the collapse was caused by sand dredging operations, even though local people claimed that there were ships dredging sand along the Tonle Sap River at night. According to information from the scene, two children disappeared while their parents were out doing their business.

“This is the second incident after the collapse of the Koh Norea river bank, located in Nirouth, Meanchey, Phnom Penh. That disaster caused the loss of many houses and assets.

“The collapse of the river bank caused citizens’ houses to fall into the river in the afternoon of 1 April 2008 at Samaki village, Russey Keo district. The collapsed land is more than 70 meters long and 30 meters deep. The authorities are seeking for any more missing people.

“Victims said that if the collapse had happened at night, many people would have died, as they return to their houses after their work or business.

“Citizens blamed private companies for causing the collapse of the river bank due to sand dredging operations at night, even though Prime Minister Hun Sen had ordered the relevant ministries to ban private companies from dredging sand in the river.” Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #76, 2.4.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 2 April 2008


Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #76, 2.4.2008

  • 48 Houses of Citizens in Samaki Village Fell into the River, and Two People Are Missing
  • [Human Rights Party president] Kem Sokha: That Hun Sen Agrees to Provide Allowance of US$6 to Workers Is Political Demagogy; [president of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia] Chea Mony: Provision of Allowance of US$6 to Workers Is Success of the Trade Union
  • After Elections, Human Rights Party Government Will Decrease Prices of Goods and Gasoline and Increase Salaries for Public Servants and Workers
  • Prampi Makara District Police Seize Citizens’ Motorcycles at Night to Extort Money [Phnom Penh]


Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #63, 2-8.4.2008

  • Prime Minister Agrees to Review of Property Rights along Cambodian Railway


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1608, 2.4.2008

  • Government Will Take Action against Provocative Activity Calling for a Demonstration [demanding decrease of prices of goods and increase of salaries for public servants and garment workers]
  • Cambodia and Qatar Officially Establish Diplomatic Relations
  • New Constitution Draft in Burma Bans [Burmese elected democracy leader] Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi from Holding Power [because she had been married to a foreigner]


Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #568, 2.4.2008

  • [Prime Minister] Hun Sen’s Nephew [name not mentioned] Spent US$800,000 Within One Week Only, Surprising Europe [according to Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s speech on Sambok Khmum Radio]


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #128, 2.4.2008

  • [Former Director of Electricité du Cambodge] Tan Kimvin’s and His Partisans’ Corruption Resulted in a Loss of More Than US$36 Million of State Income [in 2007 – according to an official of Electricité du Cambodge]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6312, 2.4.2008

  • Frightening Accident Tragedy [collision between a mini bus and a truck] that Killed Eleven People and Injured Eleven Others at Cashew Plantation [1 April – Cheung Prey, Kompong Cham]



Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3428, 2.4.2008

  • 24 Sam Rainsy Party Parliamentarians Call for Citizens to Attend a Non-Violent Demonstration Demanding Decrease of Prices of Goods and Increase of Salaries
  • [Minister of Defense] Tea Banh Calls for Yuon [Vietnamese] Troops to Come to Help to Maintain Security during General Elections, Causing Mixed Reactions

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4556, 2.4.2008

  • World Bank: Cambodia Faces Inflation but This Does Not Effect Economic Growth
  • Opposition Party Beats Political Drum because of Increasing Prices of Goods

Have a look at last week’s editorial: “using an iron fist to administer justice”

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