16 Dec 2015

Rain in Vanuatu but El Nino concerns until mid next year

2:34 pm on 16 December 2015

Authorities in Vanuatu say that despite recent rain they anticipate the impact of the drought to last until the middle of next year.

Much of the Pacific, including Vanuatu, has been in the grip of an El Nino induced drought for the past five months.

In Vanuatu there are food and water shortages in areas already struggling with the aftermath of Cyclone Pam which brought devastation to much of the country last March.

The director of the Disaster Management Office, Shadrach Welegtabit, says rain this week has eased some concerns but they still expect the El Nino to continue into next year.

"That is our understanding, El Nino will go right into the first quarter of next year but then it will also coincide with our normal dry season which happens around that time. So we are expecting the impact of El Nino to last well into mid next year."