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100 Tourists Trapped In Taman Negara To Be Rescued

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KUANTAN – More than 100 local and foreign tourists are believed to have been stranded at the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort after Sungai Tembeling in Kuala Tahan surpassed its danger level at 76.56 metres (danger level 68.00 metres).

It was learnt that the park recorded its highest rainfall ever since the major flood in 1971.

The Kuala Tahan tourist jetty had to be closed due to swift current in the river which is dangerous to boats.

A resort employee who declined to be identified said the foreign tourists holed up in the hotel were from Canada, Germany, France and Holland while there were also some local tourists.

“They should have left today but the dangerous river has cut off the place from the outside world and we are running low on food. Nonetheless we ensure the safety and wellbeing of tourists and if necessary we will use a helicopter to drop food for us tomorrow,” he said when contacted last night.

According to him, a special meeting with police and Jerantut district office was held to discuss measures to get all tourists out safely. – Bernama

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