FROM 2003 to 2020, erosion along the Rambungan coastline has been estimated at 110m, an erosion rate of approximately 6m per year.
Expressing his concerns over this, Azizul Annuar Adenan (GPS-Tanjong Datu) stressed that precautionary measures needed to be taken immediately.
“Scientists around the world agree that the sea level has risen due to the effect global warming. Coastal erosion happens globally and as such Sarawak is also affected.
“Based on the study by the National Water Research Institute Malaysia (NAHRIM) in 2019, sea level may rise up to 1m by 2100 and contribute to further erosion in coastal areas.
“Towns and villages within the coastal areas will be inundated if no action is taken.”
He said this during the motion of appreciation to Head of State (TYT) Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud today.
Azizul said among the coastal villages in his constituency affected by erosion were Kampung Sempadi, Kampung Rambungan, Kampung Stoh, Kampung Belungei and Kampung Telok Melano.
“Houses, farms and structures along the Rambungan and Sampadi coastlines have been damaged and swallowed by the sea. These can threaten the lives of local residents.
“Therefore, I urge the government to take necessary action.”