SINGAPORE —The final death toll remained uncertain a day after the collapse of a shoe factory in the outskirts of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, with government officials and sources now confirming two deaths as of Friday afternoon- earlier accounts had counted three casualties.
David Welsh, Cambodia director at the Solidarity Center, an AFL-CIO affiliate, warned that the casualty count could still rise, noting that two of 11 injured workers being treated in hospital were suffering from life-threatening injuries. The factory, owned by Wing Star Shoes Co. Ltd., was making shoes for Japan's Asics and possibly for other brands as well.
Meanwhile, it appears that one of the dead workers, Sim Srey Touch, might have been under the age of 16. Government officials deny this allegation, stating that the woman in question was 22 years old but some of the deceased's family members and neighbors told local sources that the woman was under 16 years of age.
Local factory management in Cambodia couldn't be reached for comment; listed phone numbers appear to have been disconnected. An official at the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, which Wing Star Shoes is part of, couldn't be reached for comment.
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