Good weather mit­i­gates king tide dam­age in Kiri­bati

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News - Tarawa:

Dam­age from yes­ter­day morn­ing’s king tide in Kiri­bati was eased by calm weather, ac­cord­ing to a cli­mate spokesper­son.

Kiri­bati Cli­mate Ac­tion Net­work’s Pe­lenise Alofa said she’s thank­ful there was no wind or storm surge to drive it over sea­walls and into prop­er­ties. Peo­ple on Tarawa and other is­lands have been work­ing all week to build up sea­walls in prepa­ra­tion for the in­un­da­tion, Ms Alofa said. How­ever, not ev­ery­one can af­ford new ce­ment to pro­tect their prop­er­ties, she said.

The Kir­iCAN na­tional co-or­di­na­tor said she had been up all night pre­par­ing for the tide but will soon go out to check on oth­ers around Tarawa.

“I’m just wait­ing for our team to turn up so that we can go and see if there are peo­ple that are re­ally badly af­fected by the tide,” Ms Alofa said.

“As I said, it af­fects us but be­cause it did not come with a storm, it was so calm that the dam­age wasn’t bad.”

De­spite the prepa­ra­tions made on her prop­erty, the tide man­aged to get un­der the sea­wall and find cracks to seep through, she said.

For­tu­nately, Ms Alofa said, the warn­ings were out early and there was plenty of time to pre­pare. But some fam­i­lies who needed ce­ment did not have money.

RNZ

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