Pacific: Republic of the Marshall Islands Drought Situation Report No. 2 (as of 9 May 2013)
The Republic of the Marshalls Islands (RMI) Cabinet issued an elevated state of disaster on 7 May as the prolonged and severe drought in the northern parts of the country worsens.
There is a high likelihood that RMI will remain in drought conditions through July based on ENSO Pacific updates.
An UNDAC team has been deployed arriving in RMI on 9 May.
Assessments are on-going, however, water tanks are empty and wells are unsafe for drinking. Most of the seven reverse osmosis units are operating belowcapacity.
Additional reverse osmosis units, spare parts, delivery of water bladders, immediate and long-term assistance on food security, and a crisis support plan for communicable health issues related to water security are needed.
The National Disaster Committee established an Emergency Operations Centre on 9 May.
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