Postpone Outdoor Activities – Sabah JBPM

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabahans, especially those who live in the eastern and northern coastal regions, have been urged to postpone all outdoor recreation activities, such as picnics, camping near the riverbank, hiking or trekking, due to the forecast of the rising monsoon, starting tomorrow.

State Department of Fire and Rescue (JBPM) director Md Ali Ismail said this was because the monsoon surge, bringing cold winds from Siberia, was expected to result in continuous rains, especially in the eastern and northern coastal areas of Sabah.

He said this situation could potentially lead to flooding, landslides and other untoward incidents.

“People living in these areas are advised to be on high alert and always vigilant. Sabah JBPM is in a state of readiness placing related assets in strategic locations earlier, ”he said in a statement today.

Mr. Ali said the department also monitors the situation from time to time, apart from coordinating with other agencies under the state and district disaster management committee, to respond to untoward incidents.

On Thursday (December 23), the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) released a forecast for a monsoon surge from December 27 to 30, which, among other things, will cause strong winds and harsh conditions in the South China Sea.

According to MetMalaysia, the situation could also cause continued rains in Johor, Sabah and Sarawak from December 28 to 30. Bernama


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Sally J. Minick