Water rationed outside Kuala Lumpur amid drought

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malaysia-droughtWater rationing began in areas surrounding Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur after a prolonged drought, as Selangor state officials sought to wrap up talks to nationalise the local water industry, Bloomberg reported.

“The supply of raw water in Selangor state is in a critical condition,” Khalid Ibrahim, the state’s chief minister, said, adding that “the water levels at a few dams have been shrinking to reach an alarming stage.”

Rationing may also start in parts of Negeri Sembilan, south of Kuala Lumpur, if there is no rain in coming days, the New Straits Times reported, citing the state’s Chief Minister Mohamad Hasan. Several other states have also reported shortages amid rising concerns over the potential impact on Malaysian palm oil crops if the drought continues. Prime Minister Najib Razak is due to discuss the situation in cabinet tomorrow, including the possibility of cloud-seeding, the official Bernama news service said.

Opposition-controlled Selangor, which surrounds Kuala Lumpur, has been trying to nationalise water-treatment assets in its jurisdiction for years to restructure the industry and tackle periodic shortages. Malaysia’s local and national governments want to announce a final resolution to the buyout within two weeks, the state’s chief minister said on February 18.

The dry weather began in early February and may last until mid to end of March, the Malaysian Meteorological Department said, adding that it could have sever impact on palm oil cultivations in the region.

Residents in parts of Selangor will get water on alternate days and rationing will continue until the end of March if hot weather continues. The government will evaluate the situation before deciding on whether to declare an emergency.

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Water rationing began in areas surrounding Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur after a prolonged drought, as Selangor state officials sought to wrap up talks to nationalise the local water industry, Bloomberg reported.

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malaysia-droughtWater rationing began in areas surrounding Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur after a prolonged drought, as Selangor state officials sought to wrap up talks to nationalise the local water industry, Bloomberg reported.

“The supply of raw water in Selangor state is in a critical condition,” Khalid Ibrahim, the state’s chief minister, said, adding that “the water levels at a few dams have been shrinking to reach an alarming stage.”

Rationing may also start in parts of Negeri Sembilan, south of Kuala Lumpur, if there is no rain in coming days, the New Straits Times reported, citing the state’s Chief Minister Mohamad Hasan. Several other states have also reported shortages amid rising concerns over the potential impact on Malaysian palm oil crops if the drought continues. Prime Minister Najib Razak is due to discuss the situation in cabinet tomorrow, including the possibility of cloud-seeding, the official Bernama news service said.

Opposition-controlled Selangor, which surrounds Kuala Lumpur, has been trying to nationalise water-treatment assets in its jurisdiction for years to restructure the industry and tackle periodic shortages. Malaysia’s local and national governments want to announce a final resolution to the buyout within two weeks, the state’s chief minister said on February 18.

The dry weather began in early February and may last until mid to end of March, the Malaysian Meteorological Department said, adding that it could have sever impact on palm oil cultivations in the region.

Residents in parts of Selangor will get water on alternate days and rationing will continue until the end of March if hot weather continues. The government will evaluate the situation before deciding on whether to declare an emergency.

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