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Kadamaian River Before / After the Mount Kinabalu Earthquake

Location : Kampung Bundu Paka, Ranau, West Coast Division, Sabah, Malaysia.

We are sharing this album just to show how the earthquake measuring 6 of 6th June 2015 affected the Kadamaian River that runs down Mount Kinabalu at the spot where the Dusun village of Bundu Paka stands. Returning from the Tip of Borneo we decided to put up the night at Gomez Sim’s Bundu Paka Lodge. My friend Tom had earlier warned me that things would be quite different from our last visit before the earthquake happened. True indeed, the crystal clear water was replaced by milky coloured water. The river became somewhat narrower mostly covered by grey sand. accommodation, Lodge, fishing, outdoors, white water rafting, kayaking, nature, Kadazan Dusun, Native, village, Kampung, Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang, Ranau. Malaysia, Mountain, 沙巴亚庇 backpackers, destination, travel, Bundu Paka Lodge, outdoors, homestay, Sungai Kadamaian, River, Native, village, Kampung, Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang, Borneo, Mountain, West Coast Division, 沙巴亚庇民宿What used to be huge rocks were left with their tips sticking out in the water. Medium and smaller rocks disappeared under the grey sand. Dead trees brought down by the current littered the river banks. At some spots of the river bank we could see by the vertical drop of the sand, it was about a meter thick.

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That’s how high the sand is as Mei Er is indicating

The breeding ground for fish or ‘lubuk’ must be filled up by the sand too. Will this ecological disaster affect the fish population? Can the villagers still enjoy fish BBQ at the river like we saw the last visit? Will the river ever return to its original state? If so how long? These were the questions that flash through my mind as I stood there watching the transformed Kadamaian River.

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The water was that clear then that one could see the submerged stones

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Fish was easy to find then. The usual weekend activity – fish BBQ

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Notice the buildup of sand on the right

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Lots of soft granite washed down from the mountain which explains the grey sand

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Lucky find in the river – the rock that gives you the eye

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Bundu Paka Lodge (Click here for Bundu Paka Lodge post) :

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Kayaking available here at Bundu Paka Lodge

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Tom preparing our dinner.

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Dinner

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