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Drought forces water rationing on millions of Malaysians

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia said Friday it will expand water rationing in and around its capital, in a move affecting millions as drought continues to scorch a tropical country usually synonymous with torrential rain.

The national water commission said in a statement over 300,000 households in Kuala Lumpur and nearby Selangor, Malaysia’s most populous state, will experience cuts for the whole of March, after a two-month dry spell depleted reservoirs.

Some 60,000 households in Selangor -- a central state which is the nation’s economic hub -- have already been hit by rationing since Tuesday.

According to the commission, another 50,000 premises in the southern state of Johor have also undergone rationing last week as much of Malaysia suffers under bone-dry conditions and high temperatures.

"The hot weather and lack of rain in catchment areas have caused all reservoirs in Selangor to recede," said the commission’s chairman Ismail Kasim.


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