Floods in Sibu improving, says DID engineer

Jalan Lanang inundated with floodwaters on Thursday.

SIBU: The overall flood situation here has improved, according to Sibu Division Department of Drainage and Irrigation (DID).

DID engineer Ting Sing Kwong, when contacted yesterday, said the situation in most parts was heading for the better except for certain areas near Jalan Stabau.

On Wednesday evening, motorists plying low-lying areas had a rude shock due to flash flood.

Areas the river bank, including Jalan Stabau and Jalan Lanang, were inundated with 0.3m-deep floodwaters. The situation started to turn better from Thursday night.

It was learnt that heavy rain compounded by King Tide and the release of excess water from Bakun Dam spillway caused the flood.

“In most of the areas, water level has receded except for certain parts of Jalan Stabau.

“Generally, there is a huge improvement as compared to the situation on Wednesday and Thursday,” he said.

However, he said, the public need to remain cautious as the Bakun Dam is expected to release more water in the next few days.

“But if there is no heavy rain during this period, we do not think there will be another flood,” he said.

According to Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sarawak Energy Berhad, the Bakun Hydroelectric Plant has begun releasing water since Dec 12 as a result of increasing water level caused by the annual seasonal high rainfall. The release of water through spillway would last for three weeks.

The company advised residents living in the proximity to be cautious as the spillway release would cause rising water levels and strong downstream current.

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