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Year-end Message 2008

Avalanche in Rainforest

© by Forest Ang
......Becareful. Camping near a relatively small stream during prolong period of raining days might be dangerous. Avoid camping near stream. ......

Original Campsite & Stream
(Photo from

Date: Early October 2008
Place: Upper reaches of Ulu Kenas, Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

What is an avalanche?
An avalanche is an abrupt and rapid flow of snow, often mixed with air and water, down a mountainside. Avalanches are among the biggest dangers in the mountains for both life and property (Wikipedia, accessed on 5 Dec 08)

It came as a tsunami. It swept clean and barren. It left no traces. There was no snow but of mud, boulders, uprooted trees and whatever on the way. What was that? An avalanche with no snow!


Occurred during raining season. Stream with banks saturated with rainwater. Trees collapsed when soil became soft causing multiple landslides. Earth, boulders and trees from the landslides blocked the small stream. Dam formed. Water level rose. Then the dam softened and hell broke loose. The reservoir of water rushed down as a huge tsunami taking with it, the boulders, earth and broken trees and branches, all in a potpourri of abrasive mud. “A muddy lava”, I thought. Unlike the lava from a volcano that flow with halting speed, this one came and rushed through and gone. It came like the speed of lightning. Like a “sekelip mata” (a wink). The avalanche of trees, boulders and mud roared. Like many angry lions. Scraping the stream banks, then the river banks as it gathered speed and travelled downstream. These abrasive avalanche rubbed and rubbed, rolled and rolled, hit and hit and then cut and cut into the banks of the river causing a shaven-cleaned-look of a river never before have I seen in a tropical rainforest. Campers, picnickers and whatever life along the stream and river will be taken with it. Fortunately, it was a monsoon period and there was no casualty.

Becareful. Camping near a relatively small stream during prolong period of raining days might be dangerous. Avoid camping near stream. (Note: Previously, camping near river is dangerous but now stream included.)

Check the photographs. Click to enlarge.

The Perspective of an Avalanche

Clean and shaven

Small stream today

Previous campsite disappeared

Cleaned banks

Trail gone too

Another view from the stream


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