Water at Batang Oya above alert level — iHYDRO website

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The water level at Oya River breached the alert level at 1.30pm yesterday, according to iHYDRO’s website.

SIBU: The water level at Batang Oya breached the alert level yesterday afternoon, with the community in the vicinity urged to be vigilant.

According to the announcement on the iHYDRO website, the water level recorded by the telemetry station at Stapang B was 12.37 metres as of 3.15pm yesterday, exceeding the alert level of 12.20 metres.

For the record, the warning level for the area is 13.20m, while the danger level is 14.20m.

The station, however, recorded moderate rainfall of 18.5mm on Jan 16.

When contacted, Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) divisional engineer Ting Sing Kwong said Oya River was about to burst its banks.

“The public can check iHYDRO’s website on the latest reading of water level to keep themselves posted,” he added, while advising people living in the vicinity of the river to take necessary precautions in view of the inclement weather.

However, water level at the Rajang River was normal.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Meteorological Department yesterday issued a first category warning on strong winds and rough seas on its website.

Strong north-easterly winds of 40-50 kmph with waves up to 3.5 metres are expected to occur over the waters off Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, east Johor and Sarawak until today (Jan 18).

This condition of strong winds and rough seas is dangerous to small crafts, recreational sea activities and sea sports, it cautioned.