Friday, March 19, 2010
El-Nino Dry Weather in Malaysia
We are currently experiencing an El-Nino hot and dry weather that had caused rivers and canals in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah to dry up. In some areas, the temperature was as high as 38C. It was reported that such weather was expected to continue until May. If rains do not come by end of April, water rationing will start in some states such as Penang.
State International Trade, Industry, Energy, Water, Communication and Environment committee chairman Tan Kok Hong said among the measures were cloud seeding over water catchment areas and dams, identifying underground water sources and water rationing. The law may be enforced to prevent people from wasting water and restrictions may be placed on activities like washing vehicles, as well as watering lawns or gardens.
Meanwhile, the hot weather has shown no mercy on farmers in the fish rearing industry. The fishes are just about to be harvested but an inadequate water in ponds will cause the fishes to die. As the fishes are only saleable when alive, their income will be severely affected.
The water level at seven dams in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya is also dwindling, affected by the warm weather and dry spell for the past two months.
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