Most parents are planning special vacation trips for their kids during this time of the year to make the most of their school holiday. However, in this monsoon season, one should expect more rainfall that could lead to flash floods, storms and even landslides.

Last September, the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation 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 forecasted 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. Also note that the public should take care of the environment and toss trash where it belongs to prevent the obstruction of the 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 trapped by rapidly rising water. In highly risk-sensitive areas, landslides and floods are also common hazards.

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.

With the recent news in Batang Kali at Kuala Kubu Bharu, it is important that Malaysians should remain vigilant during the monsoon season and take precautions in planning their holidays.