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Authorities said there were no foreigners among the dead or injured.
Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered an investigation into the disaster and said the government would pay the families of each dead victim 5 million riel ($1,250) for funeral expenses and provide 1 million riel ($250) for each injured person.
“This is the biggest tragedy we have experienced in the last 31 years, since the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime,” said Hun Sen, who declared Thursday as a national day of mourning.
In 1975 after the U.S. pullout of the Vietnam War, Communist Khmer Rouge guerrillas seized Phnom Penh, forced its entire population into the jungle and began the infamous “killing fields” regime under the leadership of Pol Pot.
An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians perished during Pol Pot’s reign until Vietnam invaded Cambodia in January 1979.
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