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South Pacific Polynesian islands Tokelau and Tuvalu are the perfect paradise getaway, and now in danger of becoming lost to drought. Residents of the islands expect to lose all drinkable water within the next two weeks after a six month drought has left the supply dwindling.
Tuvalu, located midway between Hawaii and Australia, has its population of 10,000 spread over the many small islands that make up this nation. Tokelau, a New Zealand territory with 1,500 people, may run dry in just seven days. Both nations have declared a state of emergency and may soon have to evacuate their citizens.
On Monday, New Zealand’s Red Cross flew provision to the island of Tuvalu, including ‘2,000 collapsible water containers, hand sanitizers, tarpaulins to be used to capture rain (and) two emergency desalination units.’
The dire situation has left some families rationing themselves to forty liters a day, and only using fresh water for cooking and drinking. Bathing is being done in the sea to save on such a precious supply.
The larger islands of Samoa are also being affected by the continuing drought. Failing food crops, a result of the drought, could prove to be a grave danger to the islands’ survival as well. Tuvalu may become the first nation to be wiped off the map due to global warming, the catalyst for this drought.