MORE rainfall is expected in the state that could lead to flash floods, storms or even landslides, says Tourism Selangor.
“With the recent news in Batang Kali, it is important that Malaysians should remain vigilant during the monsoon season and take precautions in planning their holidays.
“Last September, the Selangor Irrigation and Drainage Department (JPS) identified 87 flood hotspots throughout Selangor, so those who are planning their vacations in hilly places, jungles, or recreational spots should avoid these high-risk areas.
“According to Malaysia’s meteorological service, it has been forecast that the country’s northeast monsoon period would begin in mid-November and until March 2023, which brings heavy rains that can cause floods in low-lying places, including rivers and waterfalls.
“Anytime a water surge happens, anything in its path will be quickly swept away. So, tourists will need to be cautious and exit the water as soon as leaves or dead wood flowing down the waterfall is sighted.”
Tourism Selangor reminded that the public should take care of the environment and dispose of trash where it belongs to prevent the obstruction of a river’s flow.
Due to the current bad weather from the monsoon season, outdoor enthusiasts are also advised to postpone their hiking and picnicking activities in order to mitigate the risks of getting lost in the jungle, falling in a landslide, or being trapped by rapidly rising water.
“Without adequate risk information and local knowledge, tourists could be exposed to future risks and cascading effects.
“Jungle and forest areas are a few of the locations that tourists plan to visit during the holidays, particularly for activities like hiking and camping where tracks could be slippery.
“It is crucial that parents remind their kids to stay away from trips that include these places,” it added.