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    Mar 04, 2014

    Malaysia starts cloud seeding for rain


    MALAYSIA'S Meteorological Department kicked off a cloud seeding operation last evening in the hope of providing some much needed rainfall over dams in Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor.

    Since Sunday, over two million people in Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur have been enduring a month-long water rationing exercise.

    Mr Muhammad Helmi Abdullah, the director of the national weather centre, said the operation would be targeted at rain clouds over or near major dams and water catchment areas.

    "Even if the clouds are not directly above the targeted areas, we expect the winds will carry them towards the areas," he told The Star, adding that the operation was expected to take about four hours.

    He said they had identified suitable conditions for cloud seeding based on Sunday's weather forecast. He said optimal conditions for cloud seeding included light and variable winds, which were conducive for the formation of towering cumulus clouds.