Update on the floods:
Kuching flood background here.
Background to the role of the Kuching Barrage here. Note that many people dispute the effectiveness of the barrage, calling it a useless project.
CM Taib Mahmud did not make any statement on the Kuching floods at all. Instead, he was more interested in celebrating his golden wedding anniversary. How not to conclude that the CM is out of touch and beyond his use-by date? See his birthday party details here.
Businesses were badly affected by floods. See details here.
As for George Chan, he is of the view that Kuching folk need not worry anymore since the floods are over. But damage has been done. Here is another politician who appears to be out of touch. See his view here.
Kuching and surrounding areas have been hit by floods, which has now receded. The Sarawak river overflowed its banks and water poured into the city. Floods also occurred in Sibu, Bintulu and the gold-mining town of Bau.
My friend over there says, tongue-in-cheek, that it was caused by an “act of God”.
More seriously, he thinks any combination of the following factors could be responsible for the flooding: heavy rainfall, high tide, historical factors such as poor planning of city buildings in the flood-prone plain.
Global warming too?
All “made worse by the useless barrage project which was supposed to control floods but which does not. Just a project for cronies”.
Another Sarawak resident claims that with the barrage, the water from the upstream to the sea is slowed down. “It is very complicated as the government says the barrage is not to be blamed but many persons-on-the street seem to think so.” For a sample of what Sarawakians are saying, check out Sarawak Talk.
Another possible factor, he adds, is the causeway across the Muara Tebas.