Cracks Put Future of Historic Buildings in Doubt

Running down the middle of Mak Sitha’s newly renovated fashion boutique in Phnom Penh is a crack that is splitting her floor tiles in two. Yesterday, part of the floor at Lady Penh Designs began to cave into the ground. Like several other business and property owners on the block, Ms Sitha is living with the fear that construction work being carried out on adjacent land by Vattanac Properties Ltd Co has caused irreparable damage to the buildings on this part of the capital’s historic riverfront.