Micronesia drought to get worse

7:41 am on 21 March 2016

Forecasters say a severe drought that has hit Micronesia is expected to worsen over the next few weeks.

Water tanks arriving on Fais in Federated States of Micronesia to help community recover from super typhoon Maysak and prepare for climate change in future

Tanks arrive in Federated States of Micronesia after last year's Typhoon Maysak. Photo: Rupeni Mario

Much of the region has been affected by drought, triggered by a strong, elongated El Nino system.

The Northern Marianas, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands have been severely affected with the latter two declaring states of emergency.

The latest drought report was released last week.

The lead forecaster at the Guam Weather Service, Clint Simpson, said it shows no improvement on the horizon.

"I can't quite say that I'm expecting an improvement until into the (northern) summer months and it's going to get worse and worse during the next few weeks. We are hoping that as the atmosphere changes patterns a little bit that there will be a few more showers starting to move up into the Micronesia area."

The lead Forecaster at the Guam Weather Service, Clint Simpson.

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