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Kiribati crumbles

VUNIWAQA BOLA-BARI
Friday, October 30, 2015

KIRIBATI has lost its ability to save its infrastructures as it continues to experience the effects of climate change.

Lone National Disaster Risk Management officer at the atoll island Michael Foon said: "The main effects of climate change in Kiribati is around climate-related hazards. We have intensified rainfall, places that usually do not flood are now flooding, with that it brings water-borne diseases.

"In terms of coastal areas, we're starting this year with a lot more damage and at the moment, it's beyond our ability to protect some of our infrastructures.

"Very little can be done about private homes and we can't really respond to individual needs."

That is not the only problem that they face in Kiribati. One of the front line atoll countries in the world that faces the risk of losing its sovereignty if climate change is not addressed.

"The last three to five years, I would say we're starting to see intensified impact. I know that the last event in March this year, we had drowning cases of kids because the seas are rougher than it used to be and no parents are usually trusting their kids (to swim alone) because of these changes. They now require more attention looking after their kids."

They keep their fingers crossed that COP21 will do justice and allow them to live their lives with their national sovereignty.








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