Villagers in Sabah worried over water security as dry season approaches

KOTA KINABALU: Worries are growing among villagers, particularly those depending on rivers or gravity pipes for water supply, as the dry season starts.

In Kiulu, over 200 households in seven villages at Bungoliu, Tomis Baru, Kelawat, Simpangan Lama, Balabakan, Tomis Mangi Pangi, and Bongol are facing water supply issues.

Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, who visited these villages to assess the current situation on Tuesday (Feb 27), suggested for immediate action to be taken to address the matter.

During the visit, he met with the Village Development and Security Committee chairman and village chiefs as well as affected villagers to hear their plights and discuss short-term and long-term solutions that need to be taken.

"Among the temporary solutions proposed is to provide water tanks to store water in each affected village while the use of water pumps from more effective water sources can be taken as the long-term solution," he said.

Bangkuai said the Community Development Leader Unit Office has submitted a report on the situation to the Tuaran District Disaster Committee through the Kiulu District Office.

"Immediate action is needed to address this increasingly pressing water issue," he stressed.

He urged all Village Development and Security Committees to provide reports on proposed temporary solutions to overcome water problems in their respective villages.

Bangkuai said these measures were expected to provide the necessary assistance to the affected villages.

"We will continue to monitor the development of efforts to address this water issue and provide updated information to villagers as soon as possible," he said.

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