Drought - Information Bulletin n° 4
This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Tuvalu Red Cross Society with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that extended external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time. The current partners of Tuvalu Red Cross in the Pacific will support as required.
The state of emergency declared on the 28 September might be extended for another three to six months.The decision is still pending Government of Tuvalu's approval.
Tuvalu Government continues to work closely with its partners to get their desalination plants working and new ones in place as needed. There have been some relief with the arrival of a large shipment of water to Funafuti and frequent rains over the last week. A survey on the government storage capacity and household capacity has been completed and utilized to inform decision making on the water rationing, water plants positioning and usage. New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) extraction is in progress and will be completed by Monday, 7 November. The outer island assessment has been completed and there is no immediate emergency in any of the islands. Regional partners are closely working with Tuvalu representatives to discuss the mid to long term water storage and integrated resource management issues in Tuvalu and prioritize the support to the outer islands.