Monday October 2, 2006
Rivers in Sarawak interior drying up
MIRI: The water level in rivers in the interior of Sarawak has fallen due to a prolonged dry spell.
This has resulted in a decline in the quality of drinking water for many rural folk, who depend on rain and the rivers for water.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has received feedback from its ground contacts that many remote natives were complaining of poor quality of drinking water and the hot, dry and hazy weather.
The haze is especially thick in some of these interior areas because these areas are located not far from the mountains bordering Kalimantan.
The transboundary haze is making the dry weather in these remote areas worse. One week of drought and it is enough to drastically reduce the level of upstream rivers, SAM ground officer for Sarawak, Jok Jau Evong, said yesterday.
He added that the haze was being blown over into Sarawak from forest fires across the border.
There are no more fires inside Sarawak. The nomadic farmers in Sarawak have already stopped burning their padi leftovers. The season for clearing their land is over, he added.
Jok said the people in the interior were worried that if the drought persists and the haze continues to blow in from Kalimantan, their health would suffer as well.