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Water shortage prompts rationing for 1000's in Samoa

Thousands of people in Samoa have had their water supplies rationed as the country's catchments dry up.

Thousands of people in Samoa have had their water supplies rationed as the country's catchments dry up.

Up to 5,000 people in the capital Apia have been limited to six hours of water in the morning and another six hours in the evening.

The Samoa Water Authority said water supplies were low due to unpredictable weather patterns.

"We're not getting the rainwater at the time expected, also the frequency has altered tremendously," urban operations manager Tauili'ili Ekiumeni Fauolo told Pacific Beat.

"Instead of getting rain spread out through a period of four to five months, we now get sheets of rain in one to two months. The natural reserves in the mountains are not holding these well."

Mr Tauili'ili said good rains were forecast for December.



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