Hot weather drying up lake


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 15 Feb 2005

TAIPING: At least one of the lakes at the Taiping Lake Garden, a popular destination for local and foreign visitors, is drying up due to the current hot weather. 

Residents living in the area were surprised that the water level had fallen so early in the year. 

“In previous years, this lake normally dried up around May but it’s only February now,” said Jebat Mohamad who lives at nearby Kampung Birch. 

Jebat, 32, said he presumed the weather pattern was changing. 

“I noticed that previously, heavy rains occurred around October and November but in the past three or four years, the rains came in or around August,” he added. 

Another resident, Ng Cheng Kim, in her 30s, said that despite the hot weather, the town still enjoyed scattered rainfall over the past week. 

SURPRISED: A picnicking couple gazing at the lake that is drying up at the Taiping Lake Garden Monday.

She said it would be disastrous for other towns if there was low rainfall here as Taiping was in the wettest area of Peninsular Malaysia. 

Taiping Municipal Council Parks and Recreation Department director Mohd Shahidan Othman confirmed that the lake, known as South Lake, began drying up a week ago. 

The lake is fed by a stream nearby. 

“There is water in the stream but the hot weather may have caused the lake water to evaporate faster,” he said.  

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