Marshall Islands 2014
Marshall Islands. On March 1, the memory of the American hydrogen bomb called Caste Bravo was detonated on the Bikini Toll in 1954. The bomb was more than a thousand times as powerful as the atomic bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and the radioactive fallout caused major medical problems in the Marshall Islands. In April, the Marshall Islands sued the United States and eight other nuclear weapons countries for failing to meet the disarmament requirements laid down in the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968. According to Countryaah.com, Marshall Islands population in 2020 is estimated at 59,201. A lawsuit was filed with the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) but also directly with the United States, which is not affiliated with this court system.
In March, large parts of the atoll Majuro, where the capital Rita is located, were flooded by large storm surges. Disaster status was announced after more than 1,000 people were forced to leave their homes.
Prior to the UN Climate Summit in September, a film was published in which Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak appealed for action against climate change. The president stood in front of the wall built at his house to protect it from floods similar to those that hit the country in March.
In October, the country’s health minister announced plans to build a new hospital in Majuro. If the plan is implemented, this would be the Marshall Islands’ largest building project to date. The need for health care is great in the island state, and in 2014, the country was visited by several US medical teams, which treated hundreds of people for urological diseases and performed several knee and hip surgeries.