Sarawak state government officials frankly admitted they don’t know what to do as one of Sarawak worst environmental disaster unfolding according to media report.
“Several government officials said the authorities were unprepared for such an incident as it never happened before and they didn’t have the capacity to stop the woods from flowing downstream towards Sibu,” The Star reported.
Kilometer of debris, logs clogged Rejang making the river almost impassable, disrupt river transportation and threatening two major bridges crossing the river – Durin and Lanang bridge.
Jerry Wong a kapit resident who first alerted Bintulu.Org of the disaster said he had not seen anything like it before along the Rejang river.
The debris he said likely to be from a tributary of Rejang river – Balleh river.
It was reported that heavy downpour had caused landslides at a major logging camp upriver and brought down the logs and wood debris.
Witnesses said the debris first noticed near Kapit around Thursdays noon.