FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA DROUGHT CONTINUES

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (May 7, 1998 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---Severe drought conditions continue in the Federated States of Micronesia's Yap state.

Yap needs additional water desalinization units, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials report, and a plan for the distribution of water to the outer Yap atolls has been developed.

Meantime government authorities in Pohnpei and Chuuk states have responded to critical water needs there by canceling all normally operated shipments of cargo and passengers to outer atolls and using the ships to transport water.

A cholera public health education campaign is also under way.

Three cases of cholera have been reported and health officials are moving quickly to help prevent additional cases.

Seven FSM islands have been added to FEMA's major disaster declaration, bringing the total number of eligible jurisdictions to 60.

The added islands are Sorol in the state of Yap, Etten, Piis-Panue, Pollap and Tetiw in the state of Chuuk, and Oroluk and Pakin in the state of Pohnpei.

The eastern state of Kosrae continues to be able to tap sufficient underground water to meet its needs.

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