The hot weather that hit the whole of Peninsular Malaysia affected the reduction in the amount of rainfall distribution which in turn led to a drastic reduction in river water levels. Based on a media statement dated 8 January 2016 issued by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, the hot and dry weather that is currently happening in Perlis and Kedah is expected to be felt throughout the Peninsula at the end of January to March 2016 due to the phenomenon. The strong El Nino that is happening and is expected to continue until the first quarter of 2016. This strong El Nino phenomenon is expected to affect the reduction of rainfall between 20% - 60% and an increase in temperature around 0.5 ° C to 2.0 ° C compared to normal.
In this regard, several alternatives have been implemented by the state government to address the dry season, including the Pond Water Pumping Operation and the Cloud Seeding Operation throughout the state of Selangor.
To ensure the sustainability of water resources in the state of Selangor, the Cloud Seeding Operation has been intensified especially around the dam catchment area which focuses on the Sg Selangor, Sg Tinggi and Langat dam areas and dams throughout the state of Selangor.
The cloud seeding operation for 2016 has started as early as 15 January 2016 for the purpose of emergency directives to deal with pollution in Sungai Langat which caused the 11 Cheras and Bukit Tampoi ice treatment plants to be shut down. The operation was carried out in collaboration with AFJETS Sdn. Bhd. using a CESSNA 340 aircraft with a “Hygroscopic Flare” technique that focuses specifically on operations around the Langat Basin.
Pesawat Cessna 208B (Grand Caravan)