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Protecting drinking water from drought and sea level rise

Following last year's drought in the Marshall Islands, existing reservoir and catchment systems were updated and can now last 3-4 months in an emergency, up from 3-4 weeks.

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Japan funds more water-making equipment for Marshall Islands

Japan is to provide the Marshall Islands with another large grant for water-making equipment.

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Marshall Islands – Drought (ECHO Daily Flash 05/09/2013)

  • DG ECHO allocated EUR 150,000 to assist populations affected by drought in the Marshall Islands. The funding will contribute to the emergency appeal launched by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) of CHF 803,347 (ca. EUR 650,000) to assist over 3.000 people facing serious drinking water shortage and food insecurity.

  • The funding will be used to build an additional 117 water tanks, repair existing rain-water collection systems and provide hygiene promotion information.

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Greater investment needed in risk reduction to support drought hit communities in the Marshall Islands

September 4, 2013 – Majuro. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling on the international community to pledge greater support for risk reduction programmes that help hazard-prone communities in the Marshall Islands to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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Cook Islands + 5 others
NZ announces assistance for five low-lying Pacific countries

Posted at 22:44 on 03 September, 2013 UTC

The New Zealand Government has announced a 3.9 million US dollar initiative to help five low-lying Pacific countries, which are vulnerable to water shortages, to better manage their fresh water resources. The money will be to assist Tuvalu, Tokelau, Kiribati, the Cook Islands and the Marshall Islands.

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Pacific sounds warning on climate change: Marshalls FM

08/30/2013 04:14 GMT

WELLINGTON, August 30, 2013 (AFP) - The Marshall Islands has warned that the clock is ticking on climate change and the world needs to act urgently to stop low-lying Pacific nations disappearing beneath the waves.

Marshalls Foreign Minister Phillip H. Muller issued a plea for action as he prepares for next week's Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), which includes some of the countries most affected by the rising seas blamed on global warming.

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After the rain

Joe Lowry in the northern Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands - It’s raining in Taroa Island; a warm, lush, tropical rain which feels more like a benediction than a penance. Washing away inequity. The sandy soil gurgles with pleasure, the roofs and water storage tanks thrum their applause.

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Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge

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Oxfam

In 2010 Oxfam visited Kiribati and Tuvalu to gather stories on climate change impacts in the Pacific. Next month all eyes will be turning to another low-lying country, the Marshall Islands, as they host the Pacific Island Forum.

Spread across two remote chains of coral atolls near the equator, the Marshallese are among the most vulnerable people on earth to the ravages of climate change.

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Red Cross aid worker heading to Marshall Islands for six months

New Zealand Red Cross aid worker Ana Zarkovic is heading to the Republic of the Marshall Islands for a six month mission to help the islanders recover from the recent drought.

The 31-year-old Auckland water engineer will work as an Early Recovery Delegate, helping drought affected communities recover by making use of rainwater harvesting systems.

“I understand the situation is not so critical now that some parts of the country have had rain, but I will be looking at existing rainwater collection systems such as gutters, roofs and tanks.

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Marshall Islands’ Drought Operation Enters Second Phase

The first rains have finally arrived but food is in short supply on the hardest-hit outer islands. Phase two of the sea bridge will deliver a further 100 metric tons of food to the 13 affected atolls.

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CERF approves grant for the Marshall Islands

Managed by IOM, the grant is to be implemented within six months with a strong focus on logistical support, water, sanitation and hygiene needs.

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Marshall Islands water crises underlines Pacific’s drought risk

UNISDR issued a warning that a lack of safe drinking water is emerging as a major natural hazard for many small islands in the Pacific.

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No drought-related unrest in Marshall Islands: Government

The Marshall Islands government has denied there's drought-related social unrest in its northern atolls.

Some of the islands haven't had significant rain for a year and are relying on donated portable desalination units for drinking water.

Earlier this month, the National Water Advisor to the Marshall Islands government, Tom Vance, described the situation in the islands of Enewetak and Utrik as "dire" and said there was a lot of social tension.

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President Declares Disaster for the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Release Number: HQ-13-62.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands under the Compact of Free Association between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, as amended, due to the ongoing severe drought in the northern half of the country.

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Australian emergency drought assistance increased to the Marshall Islands

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Australia will fund transport of life-saving water and emergency food by sea and air, and repairs to existing desalination equipment, to respond to severe drought in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Senator Carr said the $385,000 commitment follows the announcement of $100,000 in emergency funding to the island nation on 6 May 2013, due to a request for assistance by the Government of the Marshall Islands.

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Marshall Islanders endure food and water shortages as drought lingers

By Ika Koeck, IFRC, Asia Pacific zone office

Since April, the Pacific nation of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Micronesia has been suffering from a severe drought that has seen up to 6,400 people across 15 atolls surviving on less than a litre of water per person per day. On 19 April, the government declared a state of emergency, which was followed by a state of natural disaster on 8 May.

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Marshalls drought destroys food, raises tensions

A drought crisis in the Marshall Islands is creating tensions between villages forced to share dwindling water supplies.

More than 5,000 people in the north of Marshall Islands have limited access to clean and safe drinking water, proper sanitation and nutritious food.

The only water available for drinking, cooking and hygiene is being made by reverse osmosis water purifying machines flown into the northern atolls by aid groups.

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Red Cross helps ease crisis in Marshall Islands

Three New Zealand Red Cross aid workers have returned from the remote Marshall Islands after responding in mid-May to a severe drought.

During their time on the outer islands of Ailuk, Enerjeral and Ollet, the team used reverse osmosis desalination units to produce 12,630 litres of water, leaving behind a machine capable of making another 4000 litres of fresh water a day.

Another Red Cross aid worker remains in the Marshalls, and is due on remote Ailuk Island tomorrow to restock fuel, check solar panels and oversee on-going water production.