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Misk Lake remains a threat to city, warns expert
By Muhammad Al-Ajlan
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 03 - 12 - 2009

A local environment expert has warned that Misk Lake poses a continual threat to residents and called on the Mayoralty to take urgent action.
Dr. Ali Bin Adnan Ishqi, Professor of Environmental Studies at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, said the sewage lake will continue to be a danger, especially when it rains and the water level rises.
Ishqi called on officials to take action before a tragedy occurs.
If there is rainfall with the same intensity and quantity as that of last Wednesday, the water level in the lake will definitely rise, he said.
To overcome the danger posed by the lake, Ishqi said the mayoralty must reduce the water level in the dam urgently.
Ishqi expressed astonishment at Jeddah Mayoralty officials asking for billions of riyals to solve the lake problem.
He said the matter does not need anything more than studying the situation and then treating it.
Ishqi said the financial amounts the mayoralty officials are demanding are not based on reality. He called on them to be realistic in their work especially since they received billions of riyals for projects that have not borne fruit.


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