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Rains This Week In Drought-Stricken Palau

Rain forecast this week is likely to bring relief to drought-stricken Palau.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) April 10 weather forecasts, Palau would be experiencing “mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms.”

Ngerimel reservoir half-full with 10 feet of water. Photo by Ongerung Kambes Kesolei

The isolated shower and slight chance of thunderstorm, according to the forecast will last until Friday.

But the drought is far from over yet. An April 1 Drought Information Statement from the National Service in Guam stated that Micronesia would continue to experience “the strongest El Nino events in recorded history.”

The report said that the drought could last until June. “Drought conditions are worsening across much of Micronesia, below normal rainfall is affecting the Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau along with Yap, Chuuk and Pohnpei States in The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI),” the statement said.

Palau’s reservoirs remains at a critical level that residents should not except immediate relief from water rationing which was implemented since March 14.

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