WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency due to a severe shortage of fresh water.
New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully said in a statement that water is scarce in the capital, Funafuti, as well as in a number of outlying islands.
McCully said New Zealand's defense services were flying Monday to Tuvalu armed with supplies including two desalination units. The New Zealand Red Cross is also contributing supplies and people to help.
Tuvalu officials could not be immediately reached Monday by The Associated Press.
Less than 11,000 people live on Tuvalu's series of low-lying coral atolls.