New Zealand science agency NIWA

South of Vanuatu at increased risk of drought - NIWA

In its latest Island Climate Update, the New Zealand science agency NIWA said much of the region could expect below normal rainfall in the coming month.

NIWA said all of New Caledonia, the south of Vanuatu, the Phoenix islands in Kiribati and the Marquesas in French Polynesia, were likely to experience stresses on water supplies.

Those groups had had little rain for the past six months, it said, and there was little forecast for the coming weeks.