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PALIKIR, Federated States of Micronesia (May 3, 1998 - FEMA)---Drought conditions brought on by the El Niño phenomenon have had a severe impact on many areas of the Federated States of Micronesia. Several outlying atolls are having problems maintaining their potable water supply.

FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) for Micronesia's major disaster declaration, reports local officials want to add the atoll of Sorol to the declaration due to the inability of Yap State to keep the area supplied with water.

Several outlying atolls in the states of Chuuk and Pohnpei have reported they are out of potable water. The FCO is taking steps to meet these critical needs.

The State of Kosrae is coping with the drought by tapping into newly drilled water wells. The state's total production of water is 331,200 gallons per day, sufficient to sustain the island's population of 7,317.

FEMA Region IX's Pacific Area Office, through its Disaster Field Office (DFO) on Guam, continues to provide support and assist the Federated States of Micronesia with this disaster.

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