Cameron Highlands' reservoir in critical condition

Cameron Highlands' reservoir in critical condition

CAMERON HIGHLANDS - The Sultan Abu Bakar hydroelectric dam reservoir is a major flood disaster waiting to happen.

Reckless farming practices over the years have caused major silting and rubbish to clog up the dam, taking a toll on the structure.

It can only hold up to a third of its maximum capacity now - a mere 1.5 million cubic metres instead of a maximum 4.6 million cubic metres.

This means excess water in the reservoir, known as Lake Ringlet, could reach the danger level more quickly than planned for, especially in the event of downpours.

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