Watch out for headwater phenomenon at tourist spots, vacationers told

IPOH: Holidaymakers have been urged to stay vigilant at tourist spots where there are bodies of water.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said there are concerns about headwater phenomenon incidents at recreational areas that could result in tragedy.

He said a man was found drowned at the Burmese Pool waterfall due to such an incident in Bukit Larut, Taiping on Aug 28.

“In our search operation, we found the victim about 1km from the incident site,” he said in a statement on Monday (Sept 5).

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“During the school holidays until Sept 10, the people are advised to always be careful and ensure the safety of their family members when visiting these places,” he added.

Comm Mohd Yusri also said those who were returning to their hometowns should ensure that their belongings are safely stored and their house doors properly locked.

“We encourage them to inform the nearest police station if they are leaving their homes empty.

“The people can also use the Volunteer Smartphone Patrol app to notify us,” he said.

“Those travelling should drive safely and carefully on the road to prevent accidents and adhere to traffic rules,” he added.