King tides in Kiribati contaminate groundwater supplies | Pacific Beat

King tides in Kiribati contaminate groundwater supplies

King tides in Kiribati contaminate groundwater supplies

Updated 7 March 2014, 10:01 AEST

Four days after king tides caused widespread inundation in Kiribati, hundreds of people are still living in temporary accommodation.

The authorities are considering declaring a state of emergency, with access to clean drinking water their biggest concern.

Ground water has been contaminated by sea water in many places and it could take months for public supplies to recover.

Presenter: Sam Bolitho

Speaker: Michael Foon, disaster risk manager in the office of the Kiribati President

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