PUTRAJAYA, March 8 (Bernama) -- The government has identified 12 places in the country with at least five or more cases of drowning and has called for monitoring by the Fire and Rescue Department during the school holidays.
These hotspots, identified by the Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry as highly risky for water activities, are Sungai Kg Batu Payung in Tawau, Sabah, (which claimed 15 lives); Sungai SKC in Kg Timah, Selangor, (seven); Sungai Kg Sabak in Pangkalan Chepa, Kelantan, (six); Sungai Chiling (six) and Sungai Gasi (five) in Selangor.
Sungai Sendat Waterfall, Selangor, (12); Berembun Waterfall in Raub, Pahang, (10): Chamang Waterfall, Pahang (five); Nipah Coast, Kelantan, (14); Tok Bali Estuary, Kelantan, (seven); Teluk Bahang, Penang, (seven); Semenyih Dam, Selangor, (10).
Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar, who disclosed these details, said he had instructed the Fire and Rescue Department to monitor these areas during the school holidays.
Speaking at a media conference after chairing a meeting of the Water Activity Security Council here today, he said Fire and Rescue Department statistics showed that 65 cases of drowning occurred in water bodies or recreational spots in the first two months of this year.....