Australia, New Zealand Rush to Tuvalu's Aid

    Australia and New Zealand are teaming up to alleviate the freshwater shortage in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, which has started rationing water and is feared to run out of supply in five days.

    Air force planes from Australia and New Zealand moved on Friday a large desalination plant to the island nation to help ease the shortage there, Reuters reports. The Red Cross Zealand, meanwhile, said it has delivered two portable desalination plants to Tuvalu.

    The Australian and New Zealand governments have also started delivering water containers and desalination kits to other Pacific islands, including the American Samoa and Tokelau, amid similar shortages there, Radio Australia News says.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.