Drought in the Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands has declared a state of national emergency, citing its severe drought conditions as one of the worst disasters to ever befall the archipelago nation.

The announcement was made by President Hilda Heine on February 4, only a few days after she was elected leader of the Nitijeļā, the Marshall Islands Legislature. Heine has been thrown into the deep end, as the nation continues to be battered not only by giant waves but also by sustained drought conditions, courtesy of a protracted El Niño system that started building up in early 2015 and has shown no signs of relenting.