Marshall Islands 2019
Marshall Islands. During the year, concern grew that the dome of concrete built in 1979 on the atoll Enewetak to contain radioactive residual material from US nuclear weapons explosions during the 1940s and 1950s. According to the Marshall Islands Nuclear Commission, more than 99% of the hazardous waste has leaked into the atoll’s lagoon. According to the President of the Commission, the possibility of obtaining legal compensation from the US government should now be examined.
In its report, the Commission highlighted several consequences of the trial blasts, including people being forced to leave their homes, the many cancer cases and the US’s refusal to help set up clinics for the care of people with cancer.
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In October, it was clear that the Marshall Islands will have a place in the UN Human Rights Council. The country will sit in the council for three years starting in 2020. The same month, the government announced that a sea barrier will be built on the island of Ebeye with financial support from the World Bank. A total of USD 29 million has been allocated for the project.
According to CountryAAH, the population of Marshall Islands in 2019 was 58,680, ranking number 207 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.650% yearly, and the population density was 326.6167 people per km2.