Drought conditions plaguing Marshall Islands

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Jumbe Omari Jumbe, IOM Spokesman

Unusually low rainfall is causing a drought condition in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, according to the International Organization for Migration, the IOM.

IOM Spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the lack of rain is leading to a precarious humanitarian situation for thousands of people.

The Marshall Islands, a group of more than one thousand islands, is located in the northern Pacific Ocean.

“Officials have found that families in some parts of the Marshall Islands live on a gallon of water per day, barely half of the international standard for emergency water consumption. And often, this is the precursor to serious health conditions.”

Low rainfall since February has caused the Government to declare a state of emergency in the northern region of the island nation, whose population is approximately 53,000.

The Marshall Islands is the nation ranked as the most endangered due to flooding and from climate change.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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