Semester HOLIDAY is the most fun and awaited moment for university residents including students, lecturers and administrative staff. This is the time to have fun and be happy without having to think about the workload. Therefore, planning a vacation to relax the mind, spend time with family and do interesting activities can refresh physically and mentally before facing the next semester.
However, planning that does not refer to the forecast and instructions of the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) often results in risks.
Almost every year, there are only cases of victims trapped in areas where water heads are reported by the media. Heavy rain for a long period in the upstream, which is a hilly area, causes river water overflows and waterfalls. The amount of water will suddenly increase faster if there is an obstacle of garbage, wood and trees stuck on the crossing. This large amount of water accumulates and eventually becomes a very rapid, high and dangerous water head phenomenon for visitors.
The probability of the phenomenon of water head in the rainy season is very possible and the severity of the risk can reach a major level or death. Therefore, the risk impact scale referring to the risk matrix table can reach very high and extreme.
Mitigation methods can be taken by the responsible body for mapping areas where the water head phenomenon often occurs. This mapping is important and can be announced to residents and visitors who want to go on vacation through various means such as media announcements, signs or emergency sirens.
In addition, university students who come on vacation on a large scale need to search and read through the website before visiting a location. Always be careful with the selection of activities that you want to carry out in the rainy season.
Sensitive university students can be agents of change for society. This at the same time educates the community not to forget in the excitement of vacations and recreation. Don’t think that there are no crocodiles in calm water, when it turns into a head of water, it is also capable of taking lives. – MESSENGER
Dr. NURUL FARIHA LOKMAN & MOHD. RAFIZI RAHMAD
Institute of Leadership & Development
Mara University of Technology (UiTM)
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