Cambodia’s Minister of Information, Khieu Kanharith, said in a statement on his social media account that a couple operated an illegal gold mine in the village of Snong An, located in the forested area of Kampong Thom.
In the statement, it was stated that 4 workers lost their lives in the collapse that occurred in the mine.
Ven Srey Tith, a resident of Snong An, said that unlicensed mining activities are illegal and that is why the authorities recently told the villagers that they cannot mine in this area.
Ven Srey Tith noted that the villagers had to do mining because they did not have financial means.
Stating that mining has been done in Snong An since 2012, Ven Srey Tith said that such a big accident has never happened before.