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Friday, October 13, 2017

The 27 % of Cuba suffered from drought in the last year



Havana, Oct 13.- The 27% of Cuban territory has suffered in the last 12 months of meteorological drought or continued shortage of rainfall, reported in its latest edition the Newsletter of Climate Monitoring.

Of that indicator, three percent received the highest score of severe to extreme, seven percent was moderate and the rest weak, according to specialists from the publication of the Climate Center of the Institute of Meteorology.

They pointed out that the provinces of west and central regions of the country experienced the greatest impact of the scarcity of rains, especially in 21 municipalities, and in the fourth part of them behaved moderate to extreme.

Even, 11 were above 50 % and the crisis fell in Caibarién and Remedies (Villa Clara), as well as in Buey Arriba (Granma), with more than 70 %.

However, the accumulated rain in September allowed to decrease the rates of damaged areas with short-term drought affecting the country, in the July-September quarter and semester April - September, in connection with similar periods, at the end of the month of August.

However, persisted large areas at the end of the year with meteorological drought toward the more western part of the country, even taking into account the outcome of the cumulative rainfall for October, the rainiest of the hurricane season from June to November.

The experts of the center of the climate considered that the month of September has been more active than normal, both in the formation of tropical storms, such as hurricanes and in particular of great intensity.

Exemplified with the case of Irma, which hit the north coast of Cuba and much of the country, and developed in the Atlantic four tropical storms: Jose, Katia, Lee and Mary, who came to be hurricanes. (ACN) (Photo: File)