May 10, 2011

Dozens injured as Cambodian casino ceiling collapses


Phnom Penh - Thirty gamblers and staff at a Cambodian casino adjacent the Ha Tien Border Gate were injured over the weekend when a ceiling collapsed on them while workers were installing security cameras, national media reported Tuesday.

The accident took place Saturday evening at the Sunday Casino in the south-eastern province of Kampot near the border with Vietnam.

The Cambodia Daily newspaper said six Vietnamese gamblers and a Cambodian card dealer were critically injured.

The head of the border crossing, Phan Sophal, told the newspaper that around 100 customers and staff were on the casino floor at the time.

'The casino has only been open since September, and many Vietnamese come to play every day,' he said. 'But it was built wrong technically and with poor quality.'

He added that the casino would close until repairs were completed.

Cambodia has 27 casinos, but it is illegal for Cambodians to gamble in any of them. Most casinos are located along the borders with Vietnam and Thailand.

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