Sarawak starts water rationing

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/8/7/nation/4472702&sec=nation

Friday August 7, 2009
Sarawak starts water rationing
By JACK WONG

KUCHING: Sarawak has started water rationing in certain areas as water levels in dams and rivers have dropped drastically.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said thousands of residents in Sarikei Division in central Sarawak would be affected, starting today.

Notices will be given out tomorrow (Friday) on the time of water rationing in Sarikei, he told reporters at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia yesterday.

The water authorities in Sarikei draw raw water from the Gerugu Dam. Dr Chan said Tanjung Manis, Belawai and Beladin in Mukah Division were among the water-stressed areas because of the prolonged drought.

Dr Chan, also state disaster relief committee chairman, said water rationing has also been imposed in Simunjan in Kuching Division.

He said the Sungai Sarawak Kiri, where the Kuching Water Board draws its raw water, has dropped to a very low level.

Clouding-seeding activities at the water catchment area here, Sarikei, and some coastal areas will begin on Monday to induce rain.

Dr Chan said the authorities had supplied nearly two million litres of drinking water to villagers in drought-hit areas.

Barges may be used to transport drinking water to the affected villagers, he said.

He advised the people to conserve water, and stop using it to wash cars.

Dr Chan also said the haze situation had worsened, adding that there were 164 hotspots statewide and 594 hotspots in neighbouring Kalimantan, Indonesia, as of Wednesday.

He said forest fires were raging in Miri and Sibu, and he urged all agencies and the private sector to supply manpower and equipment, like water pumps, to help firemen to put them out.

Some of the fires, he said, could have been started by plantation companies.

Pointing out that opening burning has been banned, he warned that stern action would be taken against the offenders.

"Some of the fires, he said, could have been started by plantation companies.

Pointing out that opening burning has been banned, he warned that stern action would be taken against the offenders."

Ok…we are waiting since you now said it openly, what stern action are you going to take. No use taking action on ‘jagung’ planters only. Go for the bigger culprit if you think they are the offenders.
Don’t blame neighbouring country for the haze, we have burnings at our door step that should be put out first.

wat can u expect? all those companies belong to his good good frens…

yaya, orang sendiri i can say