Lonely Planet Writer

Kuantan on red alert for catastrophic mudslides

Residents of Kuantan have been put on red alert as the impending monsoon could bring catastrophic landslides and flooding.

Kuantan, Malaysia.
Kuantan, Malaysia. Image by Phalinn Ooi / CC BY 2.0

The area is particularly at risk because it is the site of many bauxite mines, which have seen mountains of earth displaced and the removal of many plants and trees not only leaving the landscape unstable but unable to absorb high quantities of water. Prof Dr Maketab Mohamed, former president of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) said this land disruption ‘means that there will be more run-offs during heaving rainfall. Run-offs from various watersheds will then converge and cause the area to flood.’ Read more: nst.com