Pacific: Republic of Marshall Island Drought Situation Report No. 1 (as of 1 May 2013)
Following persistently low rainfall during the dry season, the Republic of the Marshall Islands declared a state of emergency for the northern Marshall Islands on 19 April 2013.
Severe drought conditions are being experienced in Wotje and the atolls of the Marshall Islands north of Majuro.
An initial assessment of the impact of the drought is underway through the mobilization of three multi-disciplinary teams, led by the National Disaster Management Office and supported by experts from OFDA/USAID and International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The severe drought conditions may have affected drinking water supplies, rainwater catchment storage, salinity of groundwater and agriculture / food production on the atoll islands requiring immediate as well as long-term response measures.
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