Bomba advises vigilance at riversides during north-east monsoon

Bomba personnel rescuing the trapped campers at Sungai Yong in Kapit. - Photo courtesy of Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department.

SIBU: The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) advises the public to stay vigilant during leisure activities along riverbanks amid the current north-east monsoon season.

Sarawak JBPM Sibu Zone fire chief, Andy Alie said the public must remain alert to any changes in river conditions to avoid possible water surges.

He listed the early indications of a water surge as a rapid increase in water levels, changes in the colour of the water, stronger currents, and the presence of floating debris on the water's surface.

He advised taking immediate safety measures if such signs are spotted, by relocating to a safer area and calling the fire department.

"My advice to the public is to be careful during recreational activities, especially during this North-east Monsoon season.

"Please keep informed about the weather conditions and ensure campsites are set up at a safe distance from the riverside," he told Bernama.

He addressed the incident involving nine families from Bintulu, who were camping along Sungai Yong in Kapit and got caught in a water surge on Sunday (Feb 11).

Andy also advised individuals planning camping or recreational activities in river areas or non-public recreation locations to inform the nearest police station as a safety measure. - Bernama

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