June 26, 2013
“Thousands of my people in the north are thirsty and hungry, thousands of us here in the south are now drenched in seawater." said Tony deBrum.
Seawater has strewn debris across the islands and could further increase the salinity of freshwater resources that are already in short supply (Source: Olai Uludong)
Many low lying islands are suffering heightened coastal erosion and are losing freshwater resources to encroaching seawater.
The seawater flooding is even crueller given that the islands are in the midst of a serious drought with almost 7,000 of its 55,000 inhabitants exposed.