Penang suspends all out of doors actions in high-risk areas after MetMalaysia warning


GEORGE TOWN: All outdoor activities have been suspended in the state during the northeast monsoon season.

The Penang Island City Council said in a press statement on Monday (12/19) that all recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, camping and other activities should take place in high-risk areas such as hillside areas, beaches, river springs (Kepala Air) and areas at risk of flooding, following a warning from the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) to be stopped immediately.

“People are advised to be vigilant and follow the above instructions.

“It is important to heed MetMalaysia’s weather forecasts and warnings to avoid untoward incidents,” the statement said.

The council then urged everyone to prioritize their personal safety and the safety of their families.

MetMalaysia issued a weather forecast warning on December 16 of thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds expected to last through December 20.

Then on Sunday (December 18), it was reported that the current monsoon in the country is expected to last until December 24, possibly bringing strong winds, large waves and sustained rains in the northern peninsular east coast states and east of Sabah.