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Japanese tourists rescued after floodwaters rise in Papar

PAPAR: Rising floodwaters left 15 Japanese nationals and four locals stranded for hours at a homestay at Kampung Lingan Lama here last night.
The Civil Defence Department, in a statement, said they received a call at 8.23pm yesterday from the district police to help evacuate the victims.
“It took rescuers about an hour and 20 minutes to reach the location. “Both ways (to access the location) were only passable to heavy vehicles,” the statement said.
All victims were eventually evacuated at midnight and brought to the district hospital at 1.09am.
Meanwhile, in another incident, one person from a family of eight, whose car was trapped while trying to cross a river at Kampung Lingan Lama, yesterday, has died.
The family, including two children, were trying to reach a homestay located across the river at 5.10pm. They made the decision to drive across, but a rush of water from upstream pushed the car and caused it to drift out.
Villagers spotted the car in trouble and worked to rescue them.
District Fire and Rescue department chief Janil Jaya said the department was alerted to the emergency at 5.17pm and deployed six personnel to the location.
All victims were rescued and rushed to the district hospital.

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