COOKS FACE PROSPECT OF LONG DROUGHT

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 2) – The current dry spell in the Cook Islands is expected to continue for at least six months and already some homes on the main island, Rarotonga, are without water.

Director of Meteorological Services, Arona Ngari, says rainfall in the southern group of the Cooks for this month has been below average.

Only 35 millimeters of rain fell in October compared with 102 millimeters in October last year.

The Ministry of Works says below average rainfall has created low water pressure and a transport firm is trucking water to some homes.

November 2, 2004

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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