Bakun Dam flooding starts

Posted on October 13, 2010. Filed under: Energy |

-The Star-

MIRI: The flooding of the Bakun Dam in central Sarawak has started, despite desperate attempts by the natives of Sarawak to stop it.

Sarawak Hidro, the dam’s developer and manager, started the flooding process very early Wednesday.

Chief engineer and managing director Zulkifle Osman said the flooding started at short notice after engineers decided late Tuesday that the weather was perfect for the operation t be carried out.

The natives had desperately tried to stop the flooding, including by lodging a police report at the Belaga police station on Tuesday.

It was reported that Sarawak Hidro has been suffering financial losses as the the impoundment of the dam had been postponed due to the current inclement weather.

Engineers at the site had to continuously abort any move to dam up the Balui River because of the heavy rain over central Sarawak.

Zulkifle said the postponement was costing them a fortune and the longer the delay, the closer they got to the monsoon season, hich would make it even more difficult to start the impoundment.

The flooding process is expected to take up to seven months.

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