Timber debris hindering travel on Delok River, residents seek assistance from authorities

Timber debris floating in Delok River, making it difficult for locals to travel by boat.

By Chris Bishop

KUCHING, February 28: Residents from three longhouses in Ulu Delik, Batang Ai are seeking assistance from the authorities to remove timber debris floating in the Delok River.

A resident of Nanga Sumpa said that the issue has persisted over the last two weeks.

“Other than Nanga Sumpa, the two affected longhouses include Nanga Jambu and Pala Taong.

“It is difficult for us to move as the river serves as our sole means of transportation.

“The conditions turned for the better after a two-week period; however, the remaining wood debris still needs to be cleared from the river,” said the resident when contacted by DayakDaily.

He said that the accumulation of wood debris in the river resulted from persistent heavy rainfall experienced two weeks ago.

Explaining further, the resident noted that the continuous rain caused a rise in water levels, causing the debris to enter the river.

“This issue arises according to water level conditions; when the level is high, the debris tends to flow downstream. However, during low water levels, the debris is carried upstream, and this makes it difficult for us to move,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the resident mentioned that the issue has been brought up to the authorities, and prompt action will be taken. — DayakDaily