6,000 Marshall Islanders face acute water shortage
MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AP) — About 6,000 people who live on the remote northern atolls of the Marshall Islands are facing an acute shortage of fresh water as a severe drought worsens.
The Pacific archipelago this week declared a state of disaster in its north. Australia announced it would provide 100,000 Australian dollars ($101,000) for the emergency supply of desalination units. The U.S. has also donated several reverse-osmosis machines, which covert salt water into fresh water.
There is no end in sight to the drought, with fine weather forecast for at least the next 10 days. The drought has also affected the food supply, withering crops such as breadfruit, bananas and taro.
Chief Secretary Casten Nemra, who chairs the national disaster committee, said many large families are surviving on as little as a gallon of water a day.
"It's an increasingly desperate situation out there," he said. "The dry season should have ended six weeks ago."
He said there have been no deaths recorded but there has been an increase in diseases like pinkeye and diarrhea. The government has deployed ships carrying food, water and medical supplies to the affected islands, he added.
The Marshall Islands is home to about 70,000 people who live on far-flung atolls and islands. The capital Majuro, home to much of the population, has not been as badly affected by the drought.
lot's of good points and bad points in the previous posts.
the folks can help themselves, but they do need a little help in getting started. all of us at one time or another has needed a little boost to get projects off the ground. the sad part is that some folks, once reaching the top or somewhere close to it, begin thinking ' i did this all by myself.'
i don't believe these islanders are going to be thorns in our sides once we get them stabilized and off to a good start solving their crisis. i also think they will be more appreciative of any efforts our government extends on their behalf. (unlike so many other countries we helped along the way!)
We are willing to help fight wars for countries who hate us, lets switch those monies to help those in these type of conditions, Also we need to get food and medical supplies to the Marshall Islands, If I could I would be there right now trying to help. And for the ones that are making complaints. Wait till you need help.
What is being done about overpopulation? Communist China 1/5 worlds overpop at least started: but many have run to the USA either claiming "religious" affiliation or some other convenient non investigated, non enforced INS law run by former illegals and cowards, deceptive Traitors Within!
Indonesia, India, on and on: an entire Continent of Africa: yet they are what in the USA?
Paradox of Global Warming for Cap N Trade Banks via this administrations co-horts...for One World Government--defacing USA's sovereignty down to the bone...making us a 5th world nation.
Stop USA GIveaway? Can we?