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Temple tourists airlifted from Cambodian flood zone

While visiting ancient temples, U.S., South Korean, French and other tourists stranded by floods

Roughly 200 tourists, including Americans, had to flee Cambodian flood zones by chopper while touring ancient temples near Angkor Wat.

Heavy rains have pummeled mainland Southeast Asia, killing roughly 150 in Cambodia and nearly 200 in neighboring Thailand.

The floods trapped tourists visiting the 10th-century Banteay Srey temple area, left inaccessible by vehicle after a deluge washed out an access road, according to the U.K.-based Daily Mail.

They were airlifted out by Cambodian helicopters. Locals, meanwhile, were reportedly sleeping on roofs and climbing into trees to wait out the flooding.

Cambodia's prime minister has called this year's flooding the worst in a decade, according to the Phnom Penh Post.

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