KUALA LUMPUR, (June 24) — The cabinet is expected to announce measures to tackle the dry season and El Nino phenomenon in the country next week, said Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said a special committee set up to handle the phenomenon will hold a meeting on June 30, as well as collect results and information on the matter.
“The committee allows for monitoring and preparation to be made. Soon steps to face the impact of the phenomenon will be coordinated in each state.
“For example, we will record the total amount of water in each dam. We will be able to know the amount of raw water supplied for a certain period and if it will last throughout the phenomenon,” he said when answering a question from Senator Dr Ariffin S.M Omar at the Dewan Negara, Tuesday.
Mahdzir said it was difficult for his ministry to guarantee that water resources such as dams and reserve tanks were sufficient and would not be affected when the phenomenon starts to hit.
Therefore, he said preparation was made so that water supply continues to reach consumers, including industries, using underground water, pools and lakes.
The special committee was established on May 15, and chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, with the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry as the secretariat.
It will monitor the impact of the dry weather including on agriculture, health and climate changes.
Besides that, the committee will allow the monitoring and implementation of mitigation at the national level to prepare all social and economic sectors which use water.
Recently, the Meteorological Department predicted that the country was expected to experience southwest monsoon, or a dry spell, in June until September this year.
Besides that, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) predicted that the El Nino may happen by mid-year and can prolong between six to 18 months.
This will worsen the water situation, especially in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, which were the most affected during the last dry spell, due to insufficient storage of raw water.—BERNAMA