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.