Man Dies Falling From Condo in Sihanoukville

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Traffic in Sihanoukville on January 21, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)
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A Vietnamese man has died after falling from a condominium building in Sihanoukville, local authorities said.

Pi commune police chief Seng Hoth said the 35-year-old Vietnamese man had died immediately from the fall. Investigations were continuing, Hoth said.

“It was not a Chinese person but it was a Vietnamese person, but there has not been clear identification yet,” he said.

The fall happened around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, but authorities had not yet ascertained what the man was doing in Sihanoukville, he added.

Deputy city police chief Or Virak referred questions to commune police.

A woman who answered the phone for Vietnamese consular services in Sihanoukville said she was not in a position to answer journalists’ questions, and she suggested reporters write her an email. Emailed questions have not yet been answered.

The fall on Monday follows similar incidents in Sihanoukville, including two cases in one week in late March at separate casino and hotel buildings. Local officials have spoken of such incidents being a generally known problem in the area.

Sihanoukville has been a focal point of a series of victim accounts about forced labor and detention at online scam operations, including a victim saying he considered jumping off a building to escape. Hundreds of foreign nationals have been removed from compounds around Sihanoukville as well as other parts of the country.

Falls from buildings have also been recently seen at a senator’s casino in Bavet city, near the Vietnamese border, and in Phnom Penh.

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