Siniawan locals warned to listen for rising river siren

Siniawan locals warned to listen for rising river siren

KUCHING: With the non-stop rain and its proximity to Sungai Sarawak Kanan, Siniawan (about 26kms from the state capital) could be the first place in southern Sarawak to flood, said Sarawak Transport Minister, Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Therefore, he advised residents to listen for the siren from the telemetry station warning them that the nearby river has reached the danger level and flooding can occur.

“The telemetry station acts as an early warning system with an alarm activated when there is a continuous rise of the water level and possible risk of flooding,” he said in a statement today.

He said the Sarawak Rivers Board (LSS) has been instructed to conduct awareness programmes for locals on the function of the telemetry station.

“The aim is to educate on how to respond if the alarm is triggered,” he said.

The Siniawan telemetry station is among 22 that have been set up in the Sungai Sarawak catchment area.

— BERNAMA