2 September 2021, Selangor – The Malaysian Environmental NGOS (MENGO) is deeply dismayed by the reports that the Selangor state government has degazetted 536.7 hectares (ha) of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) for mixed commercial development. The total area that is approved for degazettement is 54% of the original proposed plan to degazette 931.17 ha.Continue reading
USM water expert, who is also the President of Water Watch Penang, blames senseless development, forest-clearing for water column phenomenon
“Universiti Sains Malaysia’s School of Humanities water expert Prof Chan Ngai Weng told The Vibes that the phenomenon is partly due to climate change (extremely heavy rain) and partly due to anthropogenic activities, such as forest-clearing, construction, agriculture and virgin forests developed into built-up areas.
“Forests have a valuable flood-control function in absorbing huge amounts of rainwater.
“For example, during the dry season, almost 90-100% of rainfall is absorbed by forests. During the rainy season, less is absorbed, but 30-70% of rainwater is still absorbed.
“Once the forests are cleared, there is 0% absorption as 100% of the rainwater flows as run-off on the land into rivers. Hence, we have mudflows and flash floods like what happened in Yan yesterday (Wednesday).”
He said climate change cannot be solely blamed for the phenomenon, as humans are also the instigating culprits.
“So, we should look in the mirror and point the finger at ourselves and not blame nature, the weather or God.”
- Air Itam Dam effective capacity dropped from 92.2% on 1.1.2019
- Water consumers are advised to use water wisely.
PENANG, Tuesday, 19.2.2019: Due to hot and dry weather, the effective capacity of the Air Itam Dam has dropped by 24.9% in the period 1.1.2019 – 18.2.2019.Continue reading