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Choppers rescue tourists caught by Cambodian flood
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Flash floods at a centuries-old temple in northeastern Cambodia stranded about 200 foreign tourists Thursday, forcing officials to use helicopters to evacuate them to a nearby town.
The group visiting the 10th century Banteay Srey temple included tourists from the U.S., South Korea, France, Britain and Russia, district official Mom Vuthy said. The flooding also forced thousands of area residents to abandon their homes for high ground, or to camp on roofs or in trees, he said.
Brittny Anderson, 26, from Oregon said she was grateful for local residents who brought food to the stranded tourists as they waited on high ground for the helicopter rescues.
"I am scared for the villagers whose houses were under water," she said in a telephone interview. "I heard that the villagers had climbed trees and I'm very worried for their safety."
The temple is just 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the Angkor Wat temple complex, one of Asia's greatest landmarks and Cambodia's top tourist attraction. It was not yet known if any of the region's temples were damaged in the flooding, said Mey Marady, vice secretary general of Apsara Authority, a government agency that oversee the temples.
Nationwide flooding since August has killed 28 people.
Flooding forces helicopter evacuation of foreign tourists from Cambodian temple site
By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, September 22, 12:54 PM
PHNOM PENH , Cambodia — Officials in northeastern Cambodia have used helicopters to evacuate foreign tourists trapped by flash floods while visiting a famous centuries-old temple.
District official Mom Vuthy says nearly 200 tourists were moved Thursday from the 10th-century Banteay Srey temple to high ground before being flown to a nearby town by three helicopters. He said the group included tourists from South Korea , the United States , France , Britain and Russia .
The temple is just 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the Angkor Wat temple complex, one of Asia ’s greatest landmarks.
Mom Vuthy said the flooding also forced thousands of area residents to abandon their homes for high ground.
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