Two days of heavy rain puts riverine traffic as it used to be

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  • Friday, 22 Oct 2010

SIBU: The water level in Rajang River is back to normal following heavy rain in the past two days.

Earlier this week, there were worries that the low water level caused by the sudden drought and the impoundment of the Bakun Dam would cripple riverine traffic.

The wharf here was a hive of activity yesterday with express boats plying the Sibu — Kapit route, Matu to Daro, Song, Kanowit and vice versa in full swing.

Sibu-Kapit Express Boat Association chairman Ting Chu Won was optimistic that the drought was over and everything was back to normal.

“The water level has risen in the last two days due to heavy rain in the Upper Rajang and in this town. We have no problem now in operating our business as usual.

“However the water level in Belaga is still low and inaccessible by big boats. Hopefully, with more rain in the next few days, the situation there will be back to normal, too” he said.

The only problem express boat operators were now facing was the wood debris washed down during the Oct 7 logjam. “Most of the debris are washed down to sea but there is still some on the riverbed.

“During the drought, the debris caused a major problem as the express boat propellers hit them causing damage and danger to the passengers,” Ting said, adding that some of the operators suffered huge losses.

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