Concerns over water supply


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019

Aerial water-bombing is being used to fight wildfires in Kuala Baram district.

MIRI: Water supplies in five districts in Sarawak have reached critically low levels due to a lack of rainfall.

Drought has started to take hold in various parts of the state, even as the battle to tackle forest-fires in several areas continues.

According to the State Disaster Relief Management Committee, Sri Aman Division in southern Sarawak is already facing water supply shortage.

Five districts in the division have been affected with their water treatment plants facing critically-low water levels.

The affected districts are Bayai, Pantu, Seduku, Stumbin and Lingga, said the latest report from the Sri Aman District Office committee for disaster relief management.

“We are trying to find alternative sources of water for these treatment plants that are facing water shortage due to the ongoing drought.

“A proposal has been made to supply bottled water to the people in affected districts, ” said the media update.

Over in Miri, the fight against forest fires was finally seeing results.The use of Bombardier aircraft to dump water from the sea and river over hotspots in Kuala Baram have succeeded in reducing the smog.

The use of total-flooding on the ground is also effective, said Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong.

As of 10am yesterday, the Air Pollutant Index in Kuala Baram and Miri districts showed moderate levels.

Supt Law said around 264ha of wildfires (the size of 654 football fields) have been doused in Kuala Baram.

He said big land-mining pumps were used to flood the areas where there are still forest fires.

“Flooding of the land on the ground and the aerial water-bombing sorties are bringing good results so far, ” he said.

The Bombardier aircraft is borrowed from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.


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