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Pacific Drought Ending but More Can Be Done
Source: radioaustralianews.net.au
Source Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Created: Nov 07, 2011

A United Nations delegate has urged Pacific nations recovering from water shortages to plan ahead for future water crises.

Emergency declarations have been lifted in Tokelau and Cook Islands, with governments looking at options like permanent desalination plants.

Peter Mueller, from the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says long-term strategies need to be addressed.

"It's important in these cases to have a clear preparedness for these kind of situations, which means warning systems and warning mechanisms and measuring of consumption and measuring of rainfall," he told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program.

"That is, of course, critical so that we don't end up in a situation like this. If we do move into another period of drought, then measures can be taken in terms of rationing and hygiene awareness."

Australia and New Zealand are still providing drinkable water and other aid to Tuvalu.
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