The Marshall Islands government is to be urged to declare a state of emergency over the worsening energy crisis.
The Pacific Magazine is reporting the Marshall Islands national disaster committee has approved a report, recommending that cabinet take pre-emptive action before a disaster hits.
Marshalls Energy Company general manager, William Roberts, has told the Pacific News Service if the price of fuel continues to soar, it will put the country back 40 years
He says electricity rates have gone up four times in the past six months and communities are suffering.
A report submitted by two government utility companies says they both expect to face an $US18 million shortfall this year - an amount equal to 15 per cent of the national budget.