Between February and March 2016 each of the four states of FSM declared a State of Emergency due to the El Niño which is affecting the entire population of 102,360 people. In the 60+ populated outer islands, which are extremely remote, around 30,000 people (29% of the total population) are facing severe water shortages, agricultural losses and health impacts. Residents of the outer islands depend for the most part on subsistence agriculture which was only just beginning to recover from severe Typhoon Maysak (April 2015) when the drought began. Underground water lenses (the only water sources in most outer islands in the absence of rainfall) are experiencing saline intrusions resulting in health impacts for men, women and especially children.
Several problems that the country faces will be supported with through a series of activities focused around enhancing drought readiness. The activities are:
Total Cost (EUR): 1 800 000
EU contracted amount (EUR): 1 800 000
Duration: July 2017 - July 2020
Implementing organisation: Pacific Community (SPC)
Funding Instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)
Benefitting zone: FSM - Federated States of Micronesia