30 Dec 2008

Concerns over food crops in Marshall Islands

11:39 am on 30 December 2008

The Chief secretary to the Marshall Islands government, Casten Nemra, says there is concern about the impact of this month's devastating tidal surges on food crops.

A state of emergency has been declared in the country in the wake of this month's flooding that displaced at least 600 islanders and damaged dozens of homes in the two urban centres.

High waves caused by storm surges that coincided with high tides over three separate days saw many homes destroyed and at least people displaced.

Mr Nemra says the clean-up effort has so far seen the removal of over 200 tonnes of debris strewn across the communities of the capital Majuro.


IN:......But what we're more concerned about really is now the after-effect particularly on the food crops with the intrusion of salt water and with the dry months approaching very soon. That's where we are and the cleaning up efforts continue.There remains a lot of debris spread over the islands - mainly in the capital Majuro.

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Casten Nemra