Datuk Len Latif, Sarawak Forestry CEO.

The recent logjam on the Rajang River was a natural disaster caused by heavy downpour and not by overlogging or impoundment of the Bakun Dam, according to the initial report by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation.

Sarawak Forestry chief executive officer Datuk Len Talif Salleh said the 3D Airborne Hyperspectral Sensor taken on Oct 15 showed that the area was still covered by forest but traces of landslides could be seen due to heavy downpour at the Ulu Sungai Melatai catchment area.

“We want to clarify the misconception and nonsense from an overseas source that the logjam was caused by overlogging or impoundment of Bakun Dam,” he told reporters at the Sarawak Forest Department Excellence Service Award presentation here Tuesday night.

Overlogging was not an issue because there was no logging activity on both sides of Melatai River since 2006, he said.