YAREN, Nauru (August 15, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Emergency supplies of diesel fuel are being shipped to Nauru from the Marshall Islands in an effort to ease a severe power shortage in the central Pacific nation.

The government announced that a tanker from Majuro is expected to dock in Nauru Wednesday.

The power supply crisis comes as Nauru prepares to host the 16-nation Pacific Island Forum leaders’ summit Thursday and Friday.

The shortage of diesel has been so severe, Radio Australia reported, that the fuel tanks of machinery owned by government agencies have been drained and the fuel taken to the power station to generate electricity.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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