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The aim of a cloud seeding operation up north is to increase rainfall at water retention areas and dams in Kedah and Penang. - NSTP file pic (For illustration purposes only).

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (METMalaysia) carried out cloud seeding operations today at six locations in Kedah and Penang, which are in the grip of a drought.

The operation succeeded in precipitating rainfall at targeted locations over the Muda and Pedu dams, as well as padi fields in Kuala Nerang and Kampung Perupok in Kedah.

Rain was also detected in Teluk Bahang, Penang.

“The country is in the second phase of the Northeast Monsoon, which is expected to end in March. During this period, low rainfall is expected at several locations, including Perlis, Kedah, Penang and northern Perak.

“Such weather will affect water levels at dams used for domestic consumption and agricultural activities.

“The aim of the cloud seeding operation is to increase rainfall at water retention areas and dams in Kedah and Penang,” METMalaysia director-general Jailan Simon said in a statement, today.

He said that the department will closely monitor the situation at dams in Kedah and Penang to determine if there is a need for future cloud-seeding operations.

Jailan also advised the public to conserve water and avoid carrying out open burning, which would aggravate dry weather conditions.

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