Record tides flooded the Marshall Islands

June 28, 2013. Tiny Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean flooded record tides that swept the capital Majuro and forced the government to welcome the American rescue teams with the words “Welcome to global warming.”

Strong storm surges coupled with high tides flooded runway at Majuro.

On the level of the general warming of the oceans increases. An increase in temperature also means stronger storm surges.

“From drought to floods – my people are suffering from the effects of climate change,” – said the Minister of the Marshall Islands, Tony de Brum.

“Thousands of people in the north are suffering from hunger and thirst, thousands of people here in the south are affected by the floods. As I said rescue teams from the United States, “Welcome to climate change.”

“We are very grateful for the help received. But no help prevent floods, droughts and diseases to become the new order of things. For years we were told that prevent better than cure. What we need is a new leader in the field of climate, “- said de Brahm.

Photo: Sea water has left a lot of debris on the islands and can cause further salinization of fresh water sources, which are already a little bit. (Source: Olai Uludong).

A plurality of low islands suffer from increased coastal erosion and lose sources of fresh water under the onslaught of the sea. This gives them a direct threat to the weight in the controversy with respect to climate change.

Ailinglaplap native atoll President Christopher Loic – one of the most vulnerable of all the Marshall Islands.

“Closing of the island is getting shorter every year. Some of the beaches, with whom we used to fishing are now under water, “- said Loic.

“I love Ailinglaplap. I can live on other islands, but I was born and raised there. I always thought back to live there, “- he added.

Flooding even harder by the fact that about 7 out of 55 thousand people are suffering from a severe drought.

While President Obama calls on Georgetown “to protect future generations from the ravages of climate change,” the people of the Marshall Islands to face him for the present.

“We will not stop telling people that climate change – it is a problem of humanity. We are faced with it before the others, but it will come to all, and people need to realize it, “- said Loic.

Earlier this month, the United States has called the Marshall Islands disaster area due to the severity of drought.

Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), which represents the region in the discussion of climate change at the UN is asking for payments for the damage to compensate for climate change.

Now funding is aimed at reducing emissions and adaptation projects to neutralize the impact of climate change. Supporters pay for the damage they say that it is necessary for the most vulnerable nations are prone to such effects to a greater extent than they can cope with.

Translation: Anastasia Antoshkina
Source: Responding to Climate Change

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