Compiled by C. ARUNO, ASHLEY TANG and R. ARAVINTHAN
THE worsening water shortages caused by a prolonged drought in Tamil Nadu, India, has led to companies encouraging their staff to work from home, Malaysia Nanban reported.
The state is facing a severe drought due to little rain over the past three years.
The rainwater was not enough to replenish water sources.
About 4,000 water tankers have been deployed to supply water to companies operating in Chennai and other tech parks but the situation is worsening.
An estimated 20 tech companies have asked over 20,000 staff to work from home and temporarily shift to other bases in Bangalore or Hyderabad.
Water sources such as lakes and ponds dedicated for firefighting efforts have also been depleted, raising concerns of shortages in the event of fires.
About half of the 50,000 hotels operating in Chennai are facing closures due to the shortages.
They have been forced to pay higher prices for the water supplied by tankers but the water has been of poor quality.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.