Natural Hazards

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 865–875 | Cite as

Modelling the flood vulnerability of deltaic Kuching City, Malaysia

  • Darrien Yau Seng Mah
  • Frederik Josep Putuhena
  • Sai Hin Lai
Technical Note


The main objective of this writing is to present a practical way to envisage the flood vulnerability in deltaic region, particularly on the concern of sea level rise. Kuching city of Malaysia is established on banks of Sarawak River, 30 km from the sea. Therefore, it is subjected to fluvial and tidal floods. Kuching Bay experiences the highest King Tides in Southeast Asia region. These tide magnitudes could be a glimpse of future sea level rise. By means of modelling these tides, it provides an understanding and preparation for the impacts of sea level rise on the flood mitigation infrastructures and the city itself. The modelling efforts had created an illustration that a 10% rise in tide levels would result in increase of flooding areas up to 6% relative to existing tide levels.


Flood Infoworks RS Kuching River Sea level rise King Tides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Darrien Yau Seng Mah
    • 1
  • Frederik Josep Putuhena
    • 2
  • Sai Hin Lai
    • 3
  1. 1.River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre (REDAC)Universiti Sains MalaysiaNibong TebalMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversiti Malaysia SarawakKota SamarahanMalaysia
  3. 3.Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversiti MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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