20 May 2002

Marshall Islands prepares for El Nino

2:34 pm on 20 May 2002

The Marshall Islands has launched preparations for the droughts that are expected to come with the predicted El Nino weather pattern.

Weather forecasters say the impact of this year's El Nino should be less than that of 1998.

But authorities in the Marshalls have been dusting off reverse osmosis water making units that were mothballed after the El Nino pattern of four years ago.

At that time an El Nino caused a severe six-month drought in the Marshalls.

US federal funding has allowed the government to buy more than fifteen hundred water catchment tanks for distribution to isolated islands.

The government's disaster response agency is also positioning water storage bladders in strategic locations.