With rain nowhere in sight, Penang approves RM300,000 for cloud seeding

An aerial view of Sungai Muda in February. (PBA pic)

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has approved RM300,000 for cloud seeding operations to induce rainfall mostly in Kedah, as dams continue drying across both states.

The Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBA) said rainfall would be targeted over six dams in the states including the Sungai Muda river basin, from late April to May.

Cloud seeding will also be ordered over Kedah’s Beris and Muda dams which supply water to Sungai Muda. Sungai Muda supplies water to 80% of the population on Penang island and in Seberang Perai.

PBA CEO Jaseni Maidinsa said the rainfall was urgently needed as the heavy rains expected this month were nowhere to be seen.

“The state government approved PBA’s cloud seeding plan as there were rain clouds present during the inter-monsoon season. Therefore, the probability of success in inducing rainfall is higher,” he said in a statement.

He added that it was important to fill the dams now to ensure sustained water supply for Penang until August.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow previously said it would cost his government RM27,000 a day for cloud seeding. According to his office, Penang had eight days of cloud seeding last year and four days in January.

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