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The King Tide: Kiribati 2019

Since January after the aftermath of the King tide that affected four most Southern islands of Kiribati; more families living along the coastal areas in this island nation may once again be internally displaced on Saturday morning, 31 August 2019; from the extreme king tide now recorded unprecedentedly at 2.93 meters.

The government of Kiribati had issued out warning earlier last week to residents of this small island nation for precautionary measures.

Mr Natan Itonga – a Kiribati resident, educator and curator shared a powerfully poetic email update this Friday morning on what’s happening right now on Tarawa; the capital island of Kiribati which is home to about over 50,000 residents.

Friday morning 30th August 2019

The roar of the breaking surf over the top of the shoreline beyond the beach woke me up in this early part of the morning, 5.00 am as it pushes itself up between the lines of coconuts and pandanus trees.

Yes, it's already levelling itself higher than normal spring high tide record... The roosters’ crow high tunes, the dogs barking rap beats while the surf sound the drums and cymbals...the morning breaks the sky!

The SUPERMOON signalled "I'm coming!” The Kiribati Climate Action Network (KiriCAN) National Coordinator, Ms Pelenise Alofa reported that vulnerable communities on Tarawa have been building up seawalls since yesterday. The sea water had encroached 100 meters inland; seeping into water wells, destroying plants and caused flooding.”

@mtozero Mission to Zero

Story Information:

Country: Kiribati

Topic: Weather

Photo or video credit: Mission to Zero

Text Credit: Rae Bainteiti

Date : 31 August 2019

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