2 Cambodians die from pump fumes inside water well in Siem Reap

15:52, May 11, 2010      

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Two men in Siem Reap province's Srei Snam district died after an attempt to collect water from a nine-meter-deep water well, local media reported Tuesday, citing commune officials.

Chon Meth, 56, and his son-in-law Ping Map, 25, died on Sunday as they were collecting water for villagers.

"The son-in-law went down into the well by the rope, but then he shook around and became unconscious," Meas Pidor, deputy police chief of the district's Tram Sasar commune was quoted by the Cambodia Daily as saying. "Observing such an incident, his father- in-law also went down the well but faced the same fate."

Meth's neighbor, 29-year-old Boub Pek, was helping the two men pump water and also fell unconscious after trying to rescue the two stricken men from the well. Pek survived, however, and is treated in a district hospital, the daily said.

Commune chief Lath Soeup said that the two men had hung the running water pump inside the well so its pipe could reach the low-lying water level, adding that the men used the machine to pump water for local villagers every day.

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