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Beware of El Nino, again!

THE arrival of the El Nino phenomenon in the months ahead must ring the alarm bells for public authorities to make thorough preparation in anticipation of water shortage, especially in the remote areas of Sarawak.

The State Meteorological Services has warned that rainfall is expected to fall from 20 to 40 per cent from normal, and that the dry spell is expected to last until end of September and early October.

As wells, water-storage tanks, and water-catchments areas dry up, getting clean water for daily household use will be a problem for rural Sarawak. Once again, we can expect to see the army of trucks and boats carrying water tanks from JKR ferrying this precious necessity from house to house in the outlying areas. Very often, they are the only lifeline for the local residents.

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