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Dry spell likely to continue until next year

August 25, 2015 7:08 pm

The dry spell in parts of Fiji is likely to get worse in the coming months.

Disaster Management Minister Inia Seruiratu told parliament yesterday that they are doing all they can.

Seruiratu says they expect requests for emergency water to increase in the coming months.

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The forecast is for below average rainfall for the rest of this year, with September and October possibly the worst months.

From November to April 2016, the El Nino effect will continue with a mixture of high temperature and below average temperature for some areas.

“The 3 clusters that have been mobilized are those for the food and security and livelihood, education and shelter. They are also discussion strategies to mitigate the effects of drought in their own geographic areas.”

Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka says there is a need to create awareness among the people on the threat posed by the El Nino effects.

The Ministry has exhausted its budget of $350, 000 for the provisions of emergency water.

An additional $475, 857 has been sourced from the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Account.

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