Hundreds of traditional Khmer offerings of fruit and rice were laid out with candles around Battambang in reaction to the almost 350 deaths at Koh Pich Bridge in Phnom Penh on Tuesday night. St. 1.5, where the Kinyei Cafe and HQ are situated, saw vigils kept throughout the night. Yesterday was the national day of morning and a moment of silence was observed at the Soksabike launch event.
By some accounts it was an avoidable tragedy. Crowds at the Water Festival have been increasing over recent years. As @chrisincambo wrote on 21 November, “I was there last night and it was insane. It gets bigger every year, to the point where now it’s starting to look dangerous.”