5 places to holiday and be safe during the monsoon season


It is the college holidays, and most dad and mom try to make the better of the year-end break by organising memorable outings with their youngsters.

However, you may want to be additional cautious if you happen to’re planning a visit to the waterfalls, hilly campsites or seashores during the monsoon season.

In reality, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s Disaster Preparedness & Prevention Centre (Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology) director Dr Khamarrul Azahari Razak advises households to skip any excursions during the present wet spell as this can be very harmful.

The weather is unpredictable and it is best to avoid going to places that pose any risk, says Khamarrul. Photo: Dr Khamarrul Azahari RazakThe climate is unpredictable and it’s best to keep away from going to places that pose any danger, says Khamarrul. Photo: Dr Khamarrul Azahari Razak

“The climate is unpredictable and it’s best to keep away from going to places that pose any danger. Waterfalls, highlands, ecoparks and mountainous riverine programs which are susceptible to water-related disasters are harmful places to go with out correct danger data“ mentioned Khamarrul in an electronic mail interview.

He added that floods and landslides are frequent hazards in extremely risk-sensitive areas (e.g. in the neighborhood of unstable slopes, close by riverbanks, or floodplains). Without native data and correct danger data, we would be uncovered to future danger and cascading impacts.

On Friday (dec 16), a landslide struck a campsite inside the grounds of an natural farm in Batang Kali in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor. At press time, 23 campers have misplaced their lives and 10 others are nonetheless lacking.

Here are 5 places the place Malaysians ought to stay vigilant during the monsoon season.

Beware of water surge signs at a waterfall. Photo: The Star/Muhamad Shahril RosliBeware of water surge indicators at a waterfall. Photo: The Star/Muhamad Shahril Rosli


Kids definitely understand how to have an gratifying time in a waterfall. But, whereas it’s enjoyable to soak in the calm waters, waterfalls can be harmful too. Kepala air (water surge) might happen anytime and sweep something in its approach in seconds. Once you discover a considerable amount of leaves and deadwood flowing down the waterfall, it is a tell-tale signal {that a} water surge will occur. So, shortly get out of the water.


Many rivers throughout the nation are swollen yearly due to steady downpours during the monsoon season. Avoid swimming in rivers, as you might be weak to waterborne ailments, poisonous waste and harmful reptiles. On Dec 13, a crocodile was noticed on a flooded street in Kuantan.

Some hiking trails are slippery during the rainy season. One slip and you could be injured. Photo: The Star/Izzrafiq AliasSome climbing trails are slippery during the wet season. One slip and you might be injured. Photo: The Star/Izzrafiq Alias


While jungle trekking is an effective way to discover the open air, it’s advisable to postpone climbing or trekking actions during the wet season. This is as a result of some tracks might be slippery, and hikers might injure themselves. The Pahang Forestry Department has closed all campsites by rivers and in high-risk places after the current landslide tragedy in Batang Kali.

A red flag indicates high currents are present and swimmers are discouraged from entering the water. Photo: FilepicA purple flag signifies excessive currents are current and swimmers are discouraged from getting into the water. Photo: Filepic


Rip currents are one among the most harmful incidences that may happen at sea. This is a scenario the place a particular kind of water present happens close to seashores with breaking waves. If you’re caught in a rip present, stay calm. Swim alongside the shoreline till you may escape the present’s pull. Remember, all the time swim on seashores with lifeguards. Never swim alone; all the time search for colour-coded warning flags alongside the seaside. A single purple flag means excessive currents, whereas a purple flag means harmful marine life has been noticed.


Many islands in the East Coast states are closed during the monsoon season for a very good cause. This is due to harmful waves and excessive water surges during the wet season. A examine performed at Britain’s Southampton University has proven that just about any boat can be capsized by a wave equal to 55% of the boat’s total size. Doesn’t that sound scary? So guarantee to placed on a life jacket in your subsequent journey on a speedboat.