Erosion too near for comfort


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Oct 2003

BY HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH

MUAR: Heavy rains over the past few days have caused massive erosion of the riverbanks along the upper reaches of Sungai Muar and posing danger to about 10 houses in Kg Durian Chondong here. 

Durian Chondong penghulu Fajardin Mohd Salleh said the houses, located along the river, could collapse into Sungai Muar if the riverbank continued to be eroded. 

He said one of the houses was about seven metres from the river last week but now it stood less than two metres away. 

“There were several erosions on Tuesday and the biggest was behind Ishak Kassim’s house, where about four metres of ground gave way. 

“If the erosion continues, Ishak’s house, especially the kitchen and washroom areas will collapse into the river,” he told reporters in Durian Chondong yesterday. 

RAIN HAVOC:Ishak (second from left)showing Durian Chondong penghulu Fajardin (right)and village head Anuar Hamzah(second from right)the spot where 4m of the riverbank collapsed on Tuesday.

Fajardin said the village, which had many old graves, including that of Temenggong Mohd Said of Muar who died in 1817, was among the earliest settlements in the area. 

“I will submit a request to the authorities at the district to construct some barriers to slow down the water flow of Sungai Muar near the village to curb further erosion. 

“At the same time, the villagers will have to find ways to strengthen the riverbanks before the monsoon season arrives in December, which could cause greater damage to the village,'' he added. 

Ishak said yesterday he heard rumbling sounds from behind his house on Tuesday and rushed to check. 

“I was shocked to see the ground behind the kitchen had disappeared into the river. 

“I am afraid my house will collapse into the river if nothing is done to stop erosion along the riverbank,” he added.  

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