Kiribati. According to
Countryaah official website, severe drought caused the state of emergency to
be announced in early March. President Teburoro Tito
appealed to the outside world for support to build new
desalination plants. Two of the country's islands, Tebua
Tarawa and Abanuea, were completely submerged in June. The
reason was rising seawater levels as a result of the
greenhouse effect. In September, Kiribati joined the UN.