Following the statement we released yesterday (19.08.2021) on the floods in Yan, we have received other views regarding the massive floods that took place in the Yan area, situated downstream from the recreational area of Titi Hayun where the headwater (kepala air) phenomenon was reported to have taken place in Gunung Jerai.
Clearly, as a result of what happened upstream, communities living downstream also suffered the consequences of mud flood flowing into their homes damaging their properties. The activities downstream including the quarries as well as tree-clearings at the Gunung Jerai Forest Reserve could have also contributed to the damaging floods that saw the loss of lives and destruction of properties of local communities in surrounding areas.
Hence, with many more views and perspectives on this issue, it is vital that we have conclusions that are evidence-based. Therefore, we reiterate our call for an urgent need for an independent public inquiry into the cause for the sudden rush and burst of water at the source and the massive floods that took place, and to mitigate, rehabilitate and prevent further damage from occurring and to ensure the safety of all people on and around the Gunung Jerai surroundings.