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State of emergency declared in Canberra amid threatening bushfire

SYDNEY (BERNAMA): Australian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Canberra and surrounding regions on Friday (Jan 31), as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to propel a large bushfire beyond the control of firefighters.

MetMalaysia: Save water as dams lower than normal

KUALA LUMPUR: Based on the latest monitoring by the Malaysian Meteorological Department, drought has already started in northern Kedah and Perlis, with some areas not receiving rain for several weeks, says its director-general Jailan Simon.

Drones to monitor fire-prone areas, says DOE

PETALING JAYA: The Department of Environment (DOE) will deploy drones to monitor fire-prone areas as Malaysia prepares to face a hot and dry season, especially in northern peninsular Malaysia, in the months ahead. Fifteen drones will be deployed in 15 areas in Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Pasir Gudang in Johor, Kota Baru and Gua Musang in Kelantan, Tereng­ganu, Kota Kinabalu and Labuan in Sabah, Pahang, Miri in Sarawak and Selangor.