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Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

WEEKEND FLOODING EXPECTED IN PARTS OF TUVALU

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (February 16, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Global warming and the associated sea-level rise will threaten residents of Tuvalu this weekend, with tides forecast to be higher than most of the islands they live on.

Hillia VaVae of the Tuvalu Meteorological Office said many homes, offices and the airport are likely to be flooded.

She said low-lying areas of Tuvalu's main island, Funafuti, will be flooded for up to six hours, due to tides of 3.2 meters (10.5 feet).

Detailed weather forecasts for the weekend are not yet available, but Ms. VaVae said the impact of the high tides could be made even more severe if they are accompanied by winds or heavy seas.


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