Prepare for El Nino emergency
September 14, 2015 6:43 pm
The United Nations is urging Pacific Islanders including Fiji to prepare now for a looming El Niño emergency with the potential to affect more than four million people.
According to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Pacific Island countries are heading for a strong to severe El Niño event in the coming months.
UNOCHA, in a statement mentioned that this El Niño could be as severe as the event in 1997/98 which is the worst on record and brought severe drought to Fiji and PNG.
United Nations Resident Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani says now is the time for communities and governments to get ready for the extreme weather changes El Niño usually triggers.
UN Women representative at Multi-Country Office in Fiji Aleta Miller says Fiji and other neighboring countries are already feeling El Nino’s impact with reduced rainfall affecting crops and drinking water supplies.