MARSHALL ISLANDS SEEKS RAIN-MAKING EQUIPMENT FROM U.S.

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (February 22, 1998 - Radio Australia)---The Marshall Islands has asked for additional U.S. aid to relieve a major shortage of fresh water caused by a drought blamed on the El Niño weather phenomenon.

A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go to the Marshalls this week to assess the request.

Chief Secretary Phillip Kabua says the Marshalls needs funding for water-making equipment for Majuro and Ebeye, the Micronesian country' s two urban centers, and possibly other islands.

Water service in the capital, Majuro, has been reduced to once a week, as fresh water supplies dwindled with little rain since mid-December.

Majuro's population of 30,000 depends heavily on rain for its fresh water.

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