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Fifteen Japanese tourists have been rescued on Borneo island after being stranded by flooding in a remote village, Malaysian authorities said.

The Malaysia Civil Defense Force said Monday that the Japanese tourists and four local residents were evacuated by truck at midnight from Kampung Lingan Lama, located in the Papar area of Sabah state.

The two access roads leading to the village have been inundated with water and are only passable by using heavy vehicles.

A car carrying three local residents was swept away in a strong current, killing one.

The region has been hit by flooding in the past week following torrential rains.

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