MALACCA, Oct 24 — Cloud seeding started in Malacca state today in an effort to increase its water supply which is currently seen as unsatisfactory.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the cloud seeding process was carried out around 2pm at the Durian Tunggal Dam and Jus Dam areas where the water levels in the dams had raised concerns.
“We will carry out cloud seeding from time to time according to the need and suitability, and also depending on the weather conditions and cloud thickness.
“Besides that, we will also perform solat hajat (special prayers to achieve a wish). There had been rain in the past two to three days but little went into the dams. Yesterday, we also found the water levels dropping,” he told reporters outside the state assembly sitting, here, today.
Last Saturday, Idris said Malacca would carry out water rationing within two weeks from that day if water levels in the three dams in the state remained unsatisfactory.
Idris said the water level in Durian Tunggal Dam was now at 37 per cent, Jus (39 per cent) and Asahan (60 per cent), while the main area expected to be affected would be Bukit Sebukor, here.
On water rationing, he assured that it would not be for 24 hours but implemented in stages for 12 hours at a time.
“From the plan, we should do water rationing from 9 am to 9 pm and vice versa in stages and on a rotation basis in the affected areas, but we want to try make it on an eight-hour basis, if can,” he said. — Bernama