Friday, September 23, 2011

Tourists airlifted from ancient temple after Cambodian flood - 23rd Sept 2011

Nearly 200 tourists, including several Britons, have been airlifted from a centuries-old temple in Cambodia after an access road was cut off by flash floods.

Three helicopters rescued the holidaymakers stranded at the 10th-century Banteay Srei temple in Angker, just 20 miles from the Angker Wat temple complex, after 16 hours of heavy rain engulfed the road nearby.

It is the first time in Cambodia's recent history helicopters have been used to rescue victims from flooding.

American holidaymaker 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 helicopters.

A local tuk-tuk driver, Sayon Sokha, who had transported the group to the site, said: ‘When I was driving my guests to the temple, the water levels were normal, only three hours later water levels had increased rapidly.’

Banteay Srei was built in 967 AD and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Read More