Pacific prepares for El Niño

The impact of Cyclone Ita on Honiara, Solomon Islands in 2014 (Photo: Asian Development Bank)

As the Pacific approaches its cyclone season, Pacific Island countries are also preparing themselves for warmer and wetter conditions caused by an El Niño. 

In July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned there is a one-in-five chance that this El Niño event will be of “historic” strength, rivalling the major one experienced in 1997 that caused widespread drought, flooding, and other natural disasters all over the world. 

“It will more likely strengthen throughout the year, with an 81% chance it will peak with a 'moderate to strong . . .

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