|More misery for millions in Malaysia
Malaysia said it will expand water rationing in and around its capital, in a move affecting millions as drought continues to scorch the country.
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 have already been hit by rationing since Tuesday.
According to the commission, another 50,000 premises in the southern state of Johor have 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.
Kuala Lumpur shares its water supply with Selangor, where the reserve level of dams have dipped below 50 percent.
A spokeswoman from the state's private water company also told AFP about 2.2 million people would be affected.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department said in a statement to AFP that 11 out of 40 weather stations have in the past two months experienced their longest-ever recorded dry spells and warned that the dry patch could last another month.