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Friday, September 23, 2016

Drought Persists in Cuba, Despite Heavy Rains

Havana, Sep 23.- At least 239 water sources in Cuba are suffering from the current drought, affecting around 816,000 people, according to a report by the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH).

Around 191 of the water sources are partially affected and 48 are totally dry, states the text, which was presented today at the INRH headquarters in this capital.

After revealing the water situation in the country in late August and September, the director of INRH's Sensible Use of Water department, Jose Antonio Hernandez, added that Santiago de Cuba, in the eastern part of the country, is the hardest hit, with 51 of its water systems affected by drought.

'Rainfall levels are currently exceeding the average, but the situation persists and is visible in the level of water in dams,' Hernandez said. He believes that there will be no recovery from drought unless an extreme weather occurrence like a hurricane brings large volumes of water.

Ten of the country's provinces have dams that are below 50 percent full capacity, while in one - Ciego de Avila, in the island's central region - the water level is at 25 percent.(Prensa Latina)