At the scene of the incident (Photo: AFP)

Phnom Penh (VNA) - At least seven people died and 18 were injured when a seven-storey building under construction collapsed in Cambodia’s southern province of Preah Sihanouk on June 22, according to Freshnews.

Head of the province’s armed forces Heng Bunti said that rescuers have worked hard to search for the victims in the hope of finding survivors trapped inside.

There are more than 30 people in the pile of debris from the building, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said in a Facebook post, citing witnesses.

The building is owned by a Chinese called Chen Kun and constructed by Xi Gang Tang Gong Gou Ji Haisao.

Chinese investment has flooded Sihanoukville in recent years, spurring a construction boom in the resort town known for its casinos which pull in mainland tourists.

Between 2016 and 2018, 1 billion USD was invested by the Chinese government and private businesses in Preah Sihanouk province, according to official statistics.-VNA