Downpour halts Bakun flooding trial

Posted on October 9, 2010. Filed under: Energy |

-The Star- MIRI: The inclement weather in Sarawak over the past 48 hours has forced Sarawak Hidro to postpone a trial flooding of Bakun Dam until next week.

The trial was originally planned for yesterday but Sarawak Hidro managing director and chief engineer Zulkifle Osman said yesterday that it had to be aborted because of the downpour and the rising river-level.

“The weather over Bakun is bad. The latest information we have received from the Meteorological Department is that the heavy rain will continue until Sunday at least.

“That means that only by next Tuesday can we determine if it is safe enough to start the pre-flooding tests,” he said.

Asked whether the current deluge of logs on the Rajang River was from Bakun, Zulkifle said his men on the ground have found no such logs in the catchment area or from the Balui River where the Bakun Dam was built.

“Our men on the ground investigated where the logs are from. We found that these logs may have floated down the Rajang River from the Baleh River or from the Belaga River.

“They are not from the Balui River. If these logs are from the Balui River or from upstream of the Bakun Dam, they would affect the impoundment of the dam, but luckily, they are not from here,’’ he said.

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