The islands formed part of the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands but separated from the Gilberts after a referendum in 1975. Tuvalu became independent within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1978
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- Droughts will afflict much of the world, with especially nasty thirst in store for the 1.3 billion people, including Tuvaluans, who currently lack adequate access to clean water.
- Also in dispute are a number of small atolls, reefs and sandbanks, which Britain awarded to Kiribati (formerly the Gilbert Islands), but which Tuvaluans believe are rightfully theirs.
- The Australians attribute the unusual high tides that have been observed by some Tuvaluans to a natural tidal cycle in the region that repeats every 18.6 years and is yet to peak.
Pronunciation: /-lo͞oən/adjective & noun
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