News: Cabinet to announce measures to deal with El Nino

The Star, 25 Jun 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet is expected to announce measures to tackle the dry season and the El Nino phenomenon next week.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a special committee set up to deal with the situation would hold a meeting on June 30.

It would monitor the impact of the dry weather, including agriculture, health and climate change, and make suitable preparations.

The committee, set up on May 15, is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Mahdzir said it was difficult for the ministry to guarantee that water resources such as dams and reserve tanks were sufficient and be unaffected when the phenomenon starts to hit.

He said preparations were being made for continued water supply using underground water, pools and lakes.

The Meteorological Department has predicted that the country was expected to experience the south-west monsoon, or a dry spell, until September.

The World Meteorological Organisation has also predicted that El Nino might happen by mid-year and could last between six and 18 months. — Bernama