An emergency shipment of water is on its way to the most northerly of the Cook Islands where water has all but run out. Penrhyn also know as Tongareva (pictured left) hasn't had any significant rain for six months and many community and private water tanks are empty. Prime Minister, Mark Brown said the situation "represents the very real effect of climate change". There's an estimated 70,000 litres of water remaining for the population of 250 and that's expected to run out in 14 days. A transport barge will leave Rarotonga on Saturday with 200,000 litres of water along with equipment for a desalination plant.
Source: Government Press Release. Photo: Ewan Smith