Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tragedies of Flashflood At Waterfall

The force of nature is never to be underestimated.

Beware of flash flood at waterfalls

This happened in Philipines, click here for details

This happened in Malaysia, 3 Utar collegians drown click here

and this happened in India, click here

An Amateur tourist cameraman captured five members of a family being swept away by flood waters at the weekend in a deadly accident at a waterfall in central India. The incident took place when five members of a family went to Patalpani Waterfall in Indore for picnic. All of them got struck into the flash flood caused by heavy spell of rain and washed away. However, two of them rescued alive while three others drowned...............

................Local police officer P.S. Maravi said the holiday-makers were bathing below the 90m Patalpani waterfall in Madhya Pradesh state on Sunday when they were caught by a torrent of water.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gunung Bunga Buah in Genting

We went to Gunung Bunga Buah, Genting Pahang on Jan 14, 2010.

Drove from Kuala Lumpur, passing the Gombak Toll, we passed the rows of shop houses in Goh Tong Jaya.

Parked our car besides an organic vegetable farm, started trekking on foot through some rocky path and a vegetable farm.

we made our climb at 9.15 am on Jan 14, 2010 towards Gunung Bunga Buah. Climbed through a steep slope.

We landed ourselves on a tarred road that was previously used to go up to Genting Highland.

We continued walking until our team leader Mr. Shahrul, who has been there many times, tell us to always look out at this junction the next time we are coming to Gunung Bunga Buah.

Genting old road has so many of these kind of junctions, how do we ascertain this is the right one ?

With his instruction to trek left,

and left we went.

One clue though, on the left of this junction, you will find an old quarry.

some beautiful stone walls,

Some different conditions of the path after the old quarry site

Certain parts of the path is covered with tall bushes, if you fancy playing hide & seek, go no where but enjoy yourself here. but a word of caution though, there are lots of.....

blood sucking eerie, crazy leeches letching unto you if you stay too long in the bushes.

Some parts are clear for you to stop & put down your bag, take off your shoes to check the little creatures.

Other than these, the trek is rather mild, going up & down just like any other jungle in Malaysia.

We trek another 45 minutes or so, came to the junction that will lead us up Gunung Bunga Buah.

Some of the signs to look out for is a piece of colourful cloth that was tied by someone to mark the entrance up.

A clearer view of the cloth tied to the tree at the junction towards Gunung Bunga Buah.

and trekking up and happily we went towards our destination,

5 minutes later, we came to a flat land. took a snapshot.

and then Henry heard ............


to be continued.....

Thursday, November 5, 2009

光明日報 Guangming Daily November 2, 09


Flash Flood at the Batu Berangkai waterfall in Perak Malaysia, swept away 3 colleagians from University Tunku Abdul Rahman, just like the incidents that happened in Mag-aso Fall, Bohol Island, Philipines, which claim 3 victims.

YF Chong send me this link, ( click to know more )

Blog owner, JS had experienced flashflood at Batu Berangkai Waterfall, Perak in March 2008, he & his friend were fortunate to have come out alive.

The villagers who helped in the rescue and search for the latest 3 victims, said that in the past there had been many similar accidents of this sort happened.

Questions in my mind is.....

Why wasn't something done to alert the public on this danger ???

Monday November 2, 2009

Three Utar students drown at waterfall, a fourth rescued


KAMPAR: A second tragedy has struck here, hardly a week after the Kuala Dipang bridge collapse took three young lives.

Three Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman undergraduates drowned after they were swept away by strong current at the Batu Berangkai waterfalls yesterday.

The dead have been identified as James Khor Wan Kai, 20; Yew Shy Gin, 19 and Yew Ghim Chnieh, 20.

A fourth student was rescued by a villager.

The four had gone to the picnic spot for a swim at about 5pm.

Three of them had gone into the water and the fourth student was about to follow them when a sudden gush of water caused him to tumble in.

A Kampar villager, who saw this, rushed over and pulled out the fourth student.

Perak executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who related the story to newsmen, said the survivor — 22-year-old second-year accountancy student — declined to speak to the press and did not want to be named.

He suffered cuts and bruises.

At about 9.40pm, nearby villagers found Khor’s body while Yew’s body was found at 11.10pm, one kilometre from where they went into the water.

Their bodies have been sent to the Kampar Hospital.

Businessman Syed Farudi Syed Samsuddin, who saw the three students being swept away by the strong current, said their hands and legs were bobbing in the water.

Syed Farudi, 41, from Mambang Diawan, said he could see that they were struggling.

“There was nothing I could do,” he said.

It happened so fast, he said, adding that it had been raining heavily before the incident occurred.

The Batu Berangkai picnic spot is 15km from where three pupils drowned after a suspension bridge collapsed over Sungai Kampar last Monday.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bobby Henderson Blog Mag-aso Falls Flash Flood

I wrote to Bobby Henderson, about his personal experience at the Mag-aso Falls in Bohol island in the Philipines.

He replied with an approval to share his near death experience in this nature's adventure's blog so that more reader will be aware of the flash flood, which can happen at any waterfall especially after rain.

Below is his account of the incidents,....................

We ( Bobby & his girl friend Harlene) , were visiting a waterfall and a flash flood came out of nowhere.

It was June 30/2009 We had just got there it has been raining but stopped.
The falls are about 25ft tall, The water collects in a pool its not deep. There is a bamboo raft.
These guys were swimming/playing on the raft.
They go closer to the falls.
There is some space behind the falls these guys went there.
This is the view down-stream its very shallow..notice the picnic table its the same table shown later.
It got very loud water came out of nowhere..The 2 guys had nowhere to go. I took this picture before i realized what was happening.
This picture was taken perhabs 30 sec later.
Another view downstream thats the same picnic table.
Water is still rising fast.
A view of the falls as they now look. The 2 guys are still there no one else saw the swept away...may be they are still alive.
The water is full of bamboo, mud etc its still surging very loud. At this point there are a lot of people waiting to see if those guys are ok.
This is the last picture i took more than a hour later and the falls are still at flood stage. We left on the last bus to the city. I dont know if those guys made it out alive.

Update: Bohol news did finally report this. The bodies of those 2 guys were discovered more than 5km's downstream.

Update 7/2 – does not sound good – this headline was on the Bohol radio station website:


Update 7/4 – we heard that the bodies of both guys were found downstream. Still have not seen anything in the news about this, I am wondering why.

Click on here for the original blog posting

Friday, July 10, 2009

Gunung Irau Cameron Highland Pahang : The Terrain & The trail

Gunung Irau Trail in Cameron Highland is normally wet and muddy most of the time, more so if it is during the rainy season.

It is mossy & beautiful.

Depending on experience and good judgement to step on the right path and spots, chances to step into mud is always, even if you are careful........and the mud holes can be very deep.

Look at the trekkers' legs , guess which leg/legs has stepped into mud holes ? deep mud holes...

Some trekkers can be heard cursing while others laugh their way to release tension.

Surely you can see some on four and you can hear lots of OO0000oo and AAhhhhh... along the way to the peak of the mountain.

To go from one spot to the other, sometimes trekkers do need to pull tree trunks, branches, roots anything to move forward.

The terrain is slippery too, go slowly and steady is a good way to avoid danger of slipping and falling.

We enjoyed trekking Gunung Irau and will be back again.