7 Oct 2014

Samoa declares meteorological drought

4:12 pm on 7 October 2014

The Samoan government has declared a 'meteorological drought' and urged people to conserve water.

The Head of Meteorology at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea says they have monitored lower than average rainfall across the country.

Mulipola says large parts of Upolu and eastern Sava'i are particularly dry.

He says the first of four levels of drought severity has been issued as an El Nino weather system is expected to keep rain away.

Mulipola says people should be cautious with their water use.

"Usage of water will be basically for the human needs, mainly for consumption and also to look at areas of leakage and to be more saving measures in terms of showers, in terms of using containers and the like. I think the awareness campaign is really towards those areas."

Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea.