Coastal erosion getting worse

(The Star) #1

MIRI: The coastal erosion along the Kuala Baram shoreline in northern Sarawak is getting worse, affecting fishing villages in the vicinity.

Sarawak Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said water is flooding houses, fishing jetties and stalls along the coast.

Lee, who is also Senadin assemblyman, visited the affected sites 20km north of Miri city and called on the Federal Government to help.

“Last year, Putrajaya approved RM25mil to construct a wave-breaker cum beautification project to help curb coastal erosion in Kampung Batu Satu which is 20km north of Miri.

“Until now, the project has not begun but the erosion is getting worse as the waves from the South China Sea are coming further inland.

“The villagers are worried about their safety and are making an urgent appeal for help to erect a wave-breaker strong enough to withstand big waves.

Waves from the South China Sea are flooding fishing villages along the coast of Kuala Baram.
“This project must be done fast as the monsoon season is coming,” he told the press here.

In December last year, then Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said during a visit to the site that the government will carry out a project to stop further erosion by creating a wave-breaker.

“At the same time we will beautify the fishing village market.

“We will follow a model used in Dungun in Terengganu,” he was quoted as saying.

At the end of last year, the village was flooded when heavy rain fell for a few days.

The rain coincided with a tidal wave that measured about 1.8m high.

The flooded waters saw boats dragged inland until the Kuala Baram highway 50m away.

Lee called on the Pakatan Harapan Government to proceed with the project without further delay.