Double-whammy for Sri Aman: Water shortage adds to haze woes

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SRI AMAN (Bernama): It’s a double blow for some 100,000 urban folk in Sri Aman, who besides having to deal with the choking haze, now find themselves facing a shortage in water supply.

Sri Aman division resident Indit Bangai said all government assets have been moved to assist the people.“This is besides the water bombing operations to be carried out by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to put out the fires between Lingga and Kampung STC, ” he said after the division-level Disaster Management Committee meeting Wednesday .

The MMEA's Bombardier planes were expected to arrive from Miri at 1pm on Wednesday for a two-hour water bombing exercise in the affected areas. Meanwhile, Sri Aman Rural Water Supply Department engineer Adzahari Baini said so far, eight of the 10 water plants in the division are facing low water levels.

“The water plants are Bayai, Stumbin, Seduku, Lingga, LDS, Engkilili, Melugu and Pantu, all of which are at critical levels following the hot and dry weather for a month, ” he said.Water rationing in several of the plants are being carried out as a precautionary measure, he added.The air quality in Sri Aman, meanwhile, showed a slight improvement at 8am to very unhealthy levels from hazardous yesterday.

 

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