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Enough water in Sabah dams to last three months of drought: Shahelmey
Published on: Saturday, February 24, 2024
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Enough water in Sabah dams to last three months of drought: Shahelmey
Lohan dam in Ranau, Sabah. State officials said there is enough water to last three months of drought. (Facebook pic)
PETALING JAYA: Dams in Sabah contain enough water to last through three months of a prolonged drought, the state’s deputy chief minister, Shahelmey Yahya, said today.

He said that the state water department would implement rationing and propose water conservation measures if drought conditions worsened, Bernama reported.

“Should we reach a critical stage, we may introduce alternatives such as cloud seeding,” said Shahelmey, who is also state works minister.

Speaking in Kota Kinabalu, he said water was currently being rationed owing to problems in the distribution system.

Chief minister, Hajiji Noor, said the state government is prepared to face the El Nino weather phenomenon of hot and dry weather.

He said this includes managing water problems effectively and ensuring adequate water supply for residents in every area.

“We face many water issues, around 60%. This is due to possible water theft and underground pipe leaks. The state government will address this issue,” he said.

Hajiji added that the state government is committed to resolving water supply issues this year. “We have received assistance from the federal government amounting to RM300 million. We will use it to address Sabah’s water problems. So, don’t worry. We will do our best,” he said.

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