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Malaysia government may be forced to declare water emergency

Published on Mar 14, 2014 9:22 AM
 
Residents collect water from a Tenaga Nasional Berhad water pipe at Taman Setia Balokong, outside Kuala Lumpur on Feb 26, 2014. A water emergency can be declared in Malaysia as early as in three weeks if the weather does not improve. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A water emergency can be declared in Malaysia as early as in three weeks if the weather does not improve.

"If it does not rain this three weeks, then I think the National Security Council, which is studying the whole situation, will have to declare a water emergency," said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

"We are all praying for rain. If it does not, it is going to be really bad," he said on Thursday.

Dr Ongkili said water levels had decreased mainly due to the prolonged dry spell.

 
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