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Conserve Water And Store Basic Supplies In Preparation For Wild Weather Patterns

Parched or cracked earth is a sign of the onset of drought which is affecting many parts of the country. It is a time of adjustments and prudence because of
16 Sep 2014 11:37
Conserve Water And Store Basic Supplies In Preparation For Wild Weather Patterns
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Parched or cracked earth is a sign of the onset of drought which is affecting many parts of the country.

It is a time of adjustments and prudence because of the extended dry conditions.

The Water Authority of Fiji has warned people to use water sparingly.

Water needs to be conserved for the basic necessities like cooking, drinking and washing.

A drought affects people in several ways. It can be devastating on a big scale.

Right now Carlifornia in the United States is experiencing one of its worst droughts.

Nearly 25 per cent of the state’s $5-billion rice crop will be lost this year because of lack of water, say experts. And while analysts say the loss is not a crisis just yet, at least one rice producer is ready to call it a day.

“If we keep going through this drought, it may make us quit and sell the ranch,” said Sherry Polit, who grows organic rice with her family on 1500 acres in the Northern California town of Maxwell.

In Fiji reports are beginning to trickle in about the impact the drought is having on the lives of people particularly in farming areas.

Crop and livestock farmers will also be affected. Without water, animals and crops will die.

The drought is driven by the effects of El Nino.

El Nino can result in greater rainfall in some areas, but also leads to drought in areas that are usually dry.

The chances of an El Nino playing with our weather this summer have become more likely, according to a recent report from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

This is a time to prepare. In a drought, people must have enough water stored for basic living. The disaster could also be a devastating storm or flood.

The disaster preparedness checklist should include the following:

Battery operated radio and extra batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries

Food to last for days. Dried food is preferable

Dried fruit

Stored water

Medicine

nemani delaibatiki

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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