Cambodian Villagers Blame Mekong Collapse on Sand Dredging

On the evening of Feb. 18, an embankment on the Mekong River in Kandal province’s Preah Prasop commune collapsed suddenly, taking a home and three people with it. The following day, villagers who gathered to survey the damage said that illegal sand dredging had caused the cave-in. Photos: RFA Khmer Service

2014.02.20
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Villagers gather at Preah Prasop commune to examine the collapsed Mekong River embankment.

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A resident takes a photo of the caved-in riverbank.

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Villagers survey the damage.

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Debris from a house submerged in the river.

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Villagers search the river for the bodies of the three missing people.

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A villager’s home sits precariously on the edge of the collapsed embankment.

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Police rope off the scene where the three people are believed to have drowned during the collapse.

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Villagers hold a Buddhist ceremony to pray for the three people presumed dead.

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A map showing Preah Prasop commune in Cambodia's Kandal province.

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