Wednesday, January 14, 2009

News - Sarikei Monsoon Floods

We have just begun the year and we already have a top 10 story of 2009!


Sarikei Wharf Terminal 1
Note the high tide
Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei Customs Building
Source: Desmond Chen


Rain, rain, go away, little children want to play. Well, the monsoon rain did not go away and it poured cats and dogs for 4 consecutive days. The temperature was freaking cool too. The radio and TV news warned of flooding at low lying areas of Sarawak. The Rejang River swelled and burst its banks at about 6.30pm on 12 Jan in Sarikei.


Sarikei Bank Road
Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei Repok Road, Block 4 Right
Find San Hoo Bookstore sign
Source: Desmond Chen



Sarikei Repok Road, Block 4 Right
Find William Pharmacy
Source: Desmond Chen



The floods in Sarikei was not as bad as other areas of Sarawak. In Sibu, the amount of rainfall which fell in a day (220mm) was equivalent to a whole year’s rainfall. In Sarikei, people scrambled to salvage their belongings from the salty water. And you thought Venice is pretty?


Sarikei Central Road
Find Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Source: Desmond Chen



Sarikei kopitiam
Source: Desmond Chen



As far as I can recall, floods of this magnitude in Sarikei happened in the 1970s. In those days, you won't want to step into the floods because it had drain sewage water and something extra that drifted out from the bucket toilets. It was disgusting and that's why I can remember it.



Sarikei Wharf Road
Find Shell station

Source: Desmond Chen



Sarikei Repok Road
View from Rejang River side

Source: Desmond Chen



Sarikei Central Road
View from Market Road
Source:
Will Chua (more pics at his blog)



Sarikei Central Road
View from Repok Road
Source: Desmond Chen



Sarikei Repok Road
Block 2 Right, I think.
Source: Desmond Chen



The floods continued to get worse till around 8.30pm+. For some people, regardless of the flooding, the daily routine of sipping beverages and chit chatting with friends in kopitiam (coffeshop) must go on. Ah Ti (boy), kopi-O !

4 comments:

- k.arifin - said...

wowoww....this is really messy. i hope nothing bad happen since i know sarikei's flood is not the worst compare to other places. well, this kind of flood only occur when the high tide n monsoon come in the same time.

Kenny Ngu said...

luckily not so serious. Thanks for sharing the info :O)

Kanga said...

I looked at the photos showing the 'flooded Sarikei" and Yes, I can recall it happened once in the 60's. But the flood disappeared quite quickly. Quick! read the insurance cover fine print.. covered for 'flood' or 'rising water' ????

sarawakiana said...

Floods will be more common in the Rejang Basin if nothing is done to solve the siltation and rapid run off in the upper reachers due to deforestation.

Most timber merchants do no realise the importance of ploughing back profits to the land and the people affected by their industry.

The siltation in the Rejang is one of the worst in the world.

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