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No Decision Yet On Declaring Heat Wave Emergency, But Government Prepared If Need Arises

No Decision Yet On Declaring Heat Wave Emergency, But Government Prepared If Need Arises

The DPM said that the government will reconsider the decision of declaring a state of emergency if the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius.

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Over the recent weeks Malaysia has been recording record breaking heat waves that have been plaguing the nation and its people.

Addressing this issue, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi says the government is prepared to declare an emergency due to the heat wave however, no decision has yet to be made.

As reported by Malay Mail, Zahid told reporters after chairing the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) meeting that the government will reconsider this decision only if the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius.

He said:

Not yet, but we are ready. We will monitor.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi

Zahid also added that immediate cloud seeding activities are being carried out with the help of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Environment Department.

He was reported saying:

Cloud seeding is done immediately, together with RMAF and the Environment Department in several dam areas and we will focus on seven areas where the water level is expected to decrease and affect water supply. The seven areas are Sungai Muda, Kedah River, Melaka River, Kelantan River, Klang River, Bernam River and Similajau River in Sarawak.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi

In related news, the Malaysian Meteorology Department (MetMalaysia) issued a Level 1 hot weather warning in 8 areas nationwide.

These areas are Padang Terap in Kedah, Pekan, Bera and Rompin in Pahang, Segamat and Muar in Johor and Pasir Mas as well as Kuala Krai in Kelantan.

Did You Know..Malaysia Had Its Own Kuala London?

Back in 2018, the small town of Kuala Krai in Kelantan recorded temperatures as low as 16 degrees Celcius.

This was due to the cold wind blowing from Mainland China in the northeast monsoon phase.

As reported by Berita Harian, the director of the Kelantan Meteorology Department Rabiah Al Adawiyah Zakaria said February was also the period where the lowest daily minimum temperature was recorded.

Rabiah said:

This cold temperature condition also occurred in several other locations such as Kerteh in Terengganu which also recorded a decrease in the daily minimum temperature. However, the gusts involved did not cause heavy rain. This cold weather has been happening since yesterday with the lowest temperature of 18.4 degrees Celsius from 6 to 8 in the morning and will change to the maximum temperature in the evening by reaching 32.7 degrees Celsius.

Kelantan Meteorology Department Rabiah Al Adawiyah Zakaria

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