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Sarawak started rationing in some areas after water levels in dams and rivers dropped drastically.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said tens of thousands of residents in the Sarikei Division in central Sarawak would be affected when water rationing is imposed from Friday onwards.

“Notices will be given out Friday on the times water rationing will be carried out in Sarikei,” he told reporters at his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia Thursday.

Sarikei draws raw water from the Gerugu Dam.

Dr Chan, also state disaster relief committee chairman, said Tanjung Manis, Belawai and Beladin in the Mukah Division were among the water-stressed areas because of the prolonged drought. Water rationing will also be imposed in Simunjan in the Kuching Division.

He said the water level at Sungai Sarawak Kiri from where the Kuching Water Board drew its raw water had dropped to a very low level.

“Cloud-seeding activities at the water catchment area here, Sarikei and some coastal areas will begin next Monday to induce rain,” Dr Chan said, adding that the authorities had supplied nearly two million litres of drinking water to villagers in drought-hit areas.

He advised the people to conserve water and stop using it to wash cars. –THE STAR