Second Pacific island declares drought emergency

October 4, 2011SOUTH PACIFICTokelau, a New Zealand-administered territory of about 1,400 people, has less than a week’s drinking water after a long drought blamed on a La Nina weather pattern, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said. McCully said Tokelau declared a state of emergency late Monday, following a similar move in neighboring Tuvalu, which has a population of fewer than 11,000 and where water is already being rationed in places. A New Zealand air force plane landed in Tuvalu on Monday carrying containers of water and desalination units. “There’s been a state of emergency declared in Tokelau as well, where there are three islands, (they are) New Zealand citizens and they’re down to less than a week’s drinking water there too,” he told Radio New Zealand. Tuvalu, one of the world’s smallest independent nations, lies about halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Tokelau is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) to the east. McCully said other islands in the South Pacific were also reporting water shortages and New Zealand was rushing to assess the situation throughout the region amid fears the crisis could escalate. New Zealand was “making sure we deal with the drinking water issue most urgently,” he said. He said the situation was urgent in parts of Tuvalu. “There’s less than a week’s supply of drinking water on Funafuti, that’s the main island in Tuvalu,” he said. “I understand one of the other outlying islands, Nukulaelae, has a more urgent shortage and there is a desalination plant on the way there.” There are going to be some flow-on effects here, clearly this is having a severe impact on crops, so there’s likely to be a food shortage as well.”Physics.org
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2 Responses to Second Pacific island declares drought emergency

  1. nickk0 says:

    This is Nuts.

    Tongo having a fresh water shortage, and now, Tuvalu as well…..

    “Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink!”

    – Nick

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    • I was thinking the same thing nickko, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.

      It’s just hard to imagine all of these places running out of fresh water. So many places have these major droughts and other places suffering with too much. It makes be realize how blessed and thankful I am.

      Maranatha

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