79 tourists rescued from National Park

KUANTAN: A group of 79 tourists stranded at the National Park in Jerantut since the end of last month have been rescued and brought to Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Tahan Village Development and Prosperity Committee secretary Sabri Abdullah said the tourists who checked into four resorts for the year-end holidays were brought to safety on Wednesday evening.

“Most were scheduled to check out on Dec 31, but the water level of the river rose sharply and flooded five areas in the National Park, making it unsafe for them to take the boat ride out.

“The situation worsened when the floods persisted, causing a shortage of food and disruption of water supply, ” he said yesterday.

Sabri said 15 were foreign tourists and the rest were locals. — Bernama

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