Local authorities are helping four families seek
compensation from Royal Railways of Cambodia, after their houses were
destroyed in a Phnom Penh
train derailment Saturday.
Im Narin, 58, saw the front half of her small wooden home
destroyed when a train pulling two empty fuel tankers jumped the tracks in Tuol
Kork district Saturday morning.
"We the victims request the Royal Railways of Cambodia
authority to pay compensation totaling $8,000 for our destroyed homes and
materials," she said Wednesday, standing between her ruined house and the
railroad tracks that pass through this impoverished area.
Sim Tang, 63, whose house was flattened in the derailment, complained
that the train had sped through the neighborhood on an unsafe track. The
railways were responsible for the damage, he said.
"The railway must pay for the damage, because the
accident happened from the train's technical problem," said Vith Darith,
first deputy chief of Boeung Kak I commune, who is preparing documentation for
the victims' compensation request. "We will try more and more to get
compensation for the victims."
Sokhom Pheakakvoan Muny, director general of Royal Railways
of Cambodia, said the authority was investigating the accident and the role of
the train engineer.