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Chinese Company To Be Questioned in Miners’ Deaths

  • Heng Reaksmey
  • VOA Khmer

Traditional miners pan for gold at a mine in Hampalit, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Traditional miners pan for gold at a mine in Hampalit, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy says it will call an urgent meeting with a Chinese gold mining company, after a mine flood killed eight Cambodian workers last week.

The eight men died on Friday, when a controlled explosion underground ruptured a water source, flooding the mine in Kratie province’s Sambor district.

Cambodia has opened an increasing number of mines in recent years, seeking to tap its mineral wealth as a potential source of national revenue.

Mines Minister Suy Sem told VOA Khmer on Monday officials plan to question the Xing Yaun Kang company, which received its license in July, over the deaths.

“If we find the company was exploring without following specifications, we will consider withdrawing its license,” he said.

The company has provided $13,000 per family for compensation, he said.

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