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States on alert over water situation as dry spell hits Malaysia

Published on Feb 13, 2014 11:46 AM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - All state water authorities in Malaysia have been directed to take measures to avoid the possibility of a water crisis following the prolonged hot dry spell.

National Water Services Commission (SPAN) chairman Datuk Ismail Kassim said although the water level in many dams remains above 50 per cent, the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister on Sunday had issued an alert for all state water authorities to store extra water to prevent the possibility of a water crisis.

He said the precautionary measure was being taken following concerns over dwindling water level at certain dams, especially in east cost and northern states as they were experiencing low rainfall.

"States like Perlis and Kedah as well as some east coast states should be prepared because they are expected to experience low rainfall this coming month," he said.

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