Erosion affecting Malaysian coastline

KUALA LUMPUR - Coastal erosion affects some 30 per cent of the country's coast, said the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID).

DID coastal zone and river basin management senior assistant director Mohamad Suhaimi Ramli said around 1,400km out of the total 4,809km of the Malaysian coast was facing erosion.

Peninsular Malaysia's shoreline takes up 2,031km, while the length of the Sabah and Sarawak shorelines are recorded at 1,743km and 1,035km respectively.

Mohamad Suhaimi pointed out that Pantai Sabak in Kelantan and Pantai Manis in Sabah were among the spots suffering the worst erosion.

"A few metres are eroded every year in these spots. While nature plays a part, it is also partially caused by the development taking place in these places," he said.

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