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Saturday April 14, 2012

1,000 villagers in Sebangan affected by damaged levees

KUCHING: Villagers in Sebangan, Simunjan want damaged levees along the coastline to be repaired in order to prevent seawater from flooding their farms.

Numpang Suntai, one of the affected farmers said the damaged levees had caused constant flooding of their farms, destroying crops such as paddy, cocoa, coconut and oil palm.

“The salt and silt left by the floods also renders the land infertile and the situation will get worse if the levees are not repaired,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Inundated: A coconut farm flooded by seawater in Sebangan, Simunjan.

Numpang said two sections of the levees were damaged — one near Kampung Sungai Arus Melayu and another near Kampung Bajong Ulu.

He said the levee near Kampung Sungai Arus Melayu broke early last year while the one near Kampung Bajong Ulu was damaged in 2005.

“There were attempts to repair the levee at Kampung Bajong Ulu late last year but it broke again a few weeks after the repairs,” he said.

Numpang added that about 1,000 villagers at Kampung Bajong Ulu, Kampung Bajong Ili, Kampung Sungai Arus Melayu, Kampung Sungai Arus Iban, Kampung Lumut and Kampung Cina Sebangan were affected by the flooding.

He called on the authorities to carry out repairs to the levees immediately so that the damage would not spread.

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