Heavy rains force evacuation from Banteay Srei

More than 200 tourists had to be evacuated by helicopter from the Angkoran temple of Banteay Srei after flash floods cut off road access.

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Cambodia airlifts tourists from Angkor temple
AFP, via China Post, 23 September 2011

Nearly 200 tourists including foreigners were airlifted from Cambodia’s famed Angkor temple complex on Thursday after a road to one of the ruins was cut off by flash floods, officials said.

Three helicopters rescued visitors stranded at Banteay Srei, one of hundreds of ancient temples at the World Heritage site, after 16 hours of heavy rain inundated the access road, governor of Siem Reap northwestern province said.

‘They were all evacuated to a safe place,’ Sou Phirin said.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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