And so it begins… Rajang level drops

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The Rajang River water level reportedly has dropped after flooding began at the Bakun Dam. Already the express boat between Kapit and Belaga has been suspended.

Rajang River water level drops - Photo credit: Borneo Post

Will Kapit now be cut off from vital river transport? What about the area’s future water and energy supply?

See Borneo Post report here.

What other environmental consequences does the Bakun Dam have in store?

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LBJ
LBJ
19 Oct 2010 12.06pm

Sarawak deserves what Sarawak gets. (If) you vote for pirates, you expect to be robbed. So let the rot begin.
I am too far to see or feel anything.

Dr. Pang HC
Dr. Pang HC
19 Oct 2010 1.05am

Abang Adek,

I totally agree with you.

Voters must accept the responsibility and consequences of their choice of government.

I pity the fish and marine life though…

Bako Boy
Bako Boy
19 Oct 2010 7.15am
Reply to  Dr. Pang HC

By the time the people of Sarawak come to their senses, the landscape of Sarawak would have altered beyond recognition and orang utan would have long gone, except in the zoos in semenajung and Singapore.

Ong Eu Soon
18 Oct 2010 10.43pm

Not only it affect the water transport. The sudden change of ecosystem will cause majority of the fish to die. With lower water level during high tide sea water will go further into the river, all these sudden change will case a lot of fish to be extinct from Rajang River due to the inability to adapt to new environment. Stupid human being is causing another calamity to the wild life.

Abang Adek
Abang Adek
18 Oct 2010 8.32pm

Hey, the Kapit voters deserve this gift of low water level – and soon to happen disruption of food supply owing to lack of river transport – from the BN. After all, they love the BN so much, they have been voting for their hopeless BN YB again and again. So, why are they complaining now? They deserve this. Padan muka. Satu lagi projek Barisan Nasional.

Bako Boy
Bako Boy
18 Oct 2010 7.17pm

The value of all the projects in Budget 2011 which are specifically located in West Malaysia amounted to a massive RM109.74 billion and this will include some of the headline projects such as the RM40 billion MRT system for the Klang Valley, the RM26 billion KL International Financial District (KLIFD), an estimated RM10 billion worth of new highways, a RM10 billion mixed property development in Sg Buloh by EPF as well as the RM5 billion controversial 100-storey Warisan Merdeka. In contrast, projects which are specifically for Sabah and Sarawak amounted to a meagre RM9.55 billion only or only 8.0% of… Read more »

Sewel
Sewel
18 Oct 2010 7.16pm

wow, some serious messing with mother nature!nothing comes free Anil, something tells me Mother nature is going to exact a heavy price.

Qabil
Qabil
18 Oct 2010 4.44pm

Satu lagi akibat projet kerajaan Barisan Nasional…

FenceSitter
18 Oct 2010 3.52pm

I see (possible) impending disaster, shortage of food and supplies which will never get reported on MSM. However, they will be out in the next few months on damage control over an event that they never report in the first place. This is typical one sided MSM journalism, no thanks to media control by the ruling regime.

Sean
Sean
18 Oct 2010 2.50pm

Heh I wasn’t expecting this! As long as demand stays more or less constant and there’s no need to suddenly empty the dam, it’s to be expected that the downstream river could be maintained at its ‘average’ flow – it would have to be, or the dam would either be emptying or filling. That last bit is the killer: you can’t fill the dam unless you reduce the river’s flow to below-average. It should be a one-off operation, but one has to wonder what effort the dam’s owner went to to tell everyone by how much the river’s flow would… Read more »

Sean
Sean
19 Oct 2010 3.58pm
Reply to  Sean

http://www.scribd.com/doc/39566440/Seasonal-Sedimentation-Rajang

So about 3600m^3/s then, or about half that of the Danube. Completely blocking the Rajang discharge (dry river bed) then should mean the dam will take ten years to fill.

Sean
Sean
19 Oct 2010 5.40pm
Reply to  Sean

If you get any Bakun fluid engineers reading your articles, I’d be interested to know what the discharge profile over time from the dam is expected to be. From the sedimentation article it seems that ‘normal’ Rajang flow ranges from 1,000 to 6,000 m^3/s. The Wikipedia article says the spillway capacity is 15,000m^3/s – about 2.5x the high end of normal. The sedimentation article also estimates over 25,000m^3/s during monsoon periods. I imagine the dam will just fill up a tiny bit during monsoon periods. What I’m wondering though, is if the spillway has been designed for 2.5x the high… Read more »