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Published: Wednesday February 19, 2014 MYT 2:24:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday February 19, 2014 MYT 6:19:50 PM

Taps in parts of Seremban dry up, NS govt says situation is critical

Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (right) and officials from Syarikat Air Negri Sembilan checking out the water situation at the Kelinchi dam near Kuala Pilah on Feb 12.

Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (right) and officials from Syarikat Air Negri Sembilan checking out the water situation at the Kelinchi dam near Kuala Pilah on Feb 12.

SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan government says that the water situation has reached a critical stage after taps ran dry in several thousand households in parts of the state capital.

This follows an unusually-long dry spell, which has resulted in several water catchment areas drying up.

"We have not had any rain here over the past two months and this has caused water levels at our seven dams to reach critical levels," said Negeri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

"We have also been unable to draw water from Sg Batang Benar and Sg Ulu Muar, which provides raw water to the Talang, Kelinchi and Sg Terip dams, as both rivers have dried up," he said adding that up to 8,000 households have been affected," he said.

He said the state's natural disaster operations room has also been activated to coordinate efforts to supply treated water to consumers in the affected areas.

He said the authorities used to draw up to 13 million litres of raw water from Sg Batang Benar and another 45 million litres from Sg Ulu Muar, which were used to supply consumers in Seremban alone.

About 200,000 households consume some 340 million litres of water daily.

Mohamad said Sendayan, Rasah and Mambau were among the affected areas.

Tags / Keywords: Negri Sembilan, Water Crisis, Environment

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