SEREMBAN – Negeri Sembilan will conduct cloud seeding starting tomorrow following the decline in rainfall in the upstream regions of the state this year.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said it would be conducted six times in a day or over six days, depending on the types of cloud on that day.
“Cloud seeding is possible only if we have cumulonimbus clouds. The main areas we have asked for cloud seeding are the upstream areas of Jelebu, Kuala Pilah and Jempol.
“This is because these three areas have received less rainfall this year. Negeri Sembilan is expected to be affected by drought due to lack of rainfall and until now the rainfall we have received is less than 50 percent of the total amount of rainfall received last year,” he told reporters after chairing the state executive council meeting here today.
Mohamad said the Ulu Muar river in Kuala Pilah was drying and water from the Talang dam had to be released to enable the five water treatment plants along the river to operate.
He said the last time cloud seeding was carried out in the state was two years ago.
“Although the cost for cloud seeding is very expensive but we have no choice because if we do not get adequate rainfall in 2016, we will face (water supply) problems,” he said.
On the proposed water rationing in Kuala Pilah, Jempol, Gemas and Tampin, Mohamad said it was supposed to begin next week, but delayed.
“If the cloud seeding is successful and we can get a good amount of rainfall, we will review the proposed water rationing,” he added. – BERNAMA