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Thursday 6 May 2021

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Peia Kararaua, 16, swims in the flooded area of Aberao village that is located in Tarawa atoll, Kiribati. Kiribati is one of the countries most affected by sea level rise. During high tide many villages become inundated making large parts of them uninhabitable.

Teresa, 7, brought her 3-year-old sister Terada, to the lagoon water to play in the water. “When it’s a high tide, the kids usually play near our house, and the whole area gets flooded. They don’t need to walk to the sea. – says their mother, a 48-year-old Karekiata. – For me it’s not that enjoyable, as we had to move our garden further inland of the island, for the sea water not to destroy our crops and taro”. Tebunginako village in Abaiang atoll is called by the country’s government a “barometer for what Kiribati can expect in the future”. Since 1970s the villagers have seen the sea rise. Eventually the erosion was so great that the major part of the village had to be abandoned.
Martha Wokma, 49, with her nephew stand near the collapsed logging bridge. “We can’t take this road anymore, we can’t visit our relatives in friends in other villages. The logging company made big damage to our village and environment and they never payed any compensation”.
Mark Pokakes, 41, stands near his house in Pamachau Island in Manus Province of Papua New Guinea. Pamachau was affected by the King Tide that hit the island in 2012. Many houses were damaged by the seawater and a few of them even collapsed. This remote island accommodates 40 people and their only fresh water source comes from rain.
Children of Etas village on Efate Island watch a water truck delivering drinking water to their village. After Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015, many local communities were left without fresh water supplies. International charity Oxfam organised an airport water tank truck to come to the villages around Port Vila and help locals to fill their barrels with drinking water.
Debris left after Cyclone Winston. The southern part of Taveuni Island in Fiji is among the areas most affected by category 5 Cyclone Winston in March 2016. Many villages were completely destroyed and people were left without food for several days, as access to the island was cut off.
Elva, 10, sitting on a died coconut tree near Tina River in Niu Birao village, Solomon Islands. Elva’s family house stood on the place where the river flows now. In April 2014 the house was washed away by flood along with other 20 houses. Many families lost their homes and gardens, some still live in tents. Some children stopped going to school because their parent don’t have money to pay school fees.