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    Cuban reservoirs far below capacity amid drought
    Published July 22, 2015 EFE

    The lack of rain during May and June in Cuba, normally the island’s
    rainy season, has aggravated the dire situation caused by the drought,
    where the country’s reservoirs are at a mere 37 percent of their capacity.

    According to figures compiled by the National Water Resources Institute,
    or INRH, and released Wednesday by local media, during those two months
    273.4 millimeters (10.76 in.) of rain fell, equivalent to 75 percent of
    what is normally expected during that time.

    The situation was particularly critical in June – which, along with
    September, is Cuba’s wettest month – when only 135.8 mm (5.35 in.) fell,
    just 70 percent of the average rainfall for that month.

    Rain has been scarcest in the western part of the island, which has
    received just 71 percent of its average rainfall so far this year, while
    in the central and eastern areas the situation is slightly better, with
    76 percent and 77 percent of average rainfall, respectively.

    The lack of rain is having a significant impact on the country’s 242
    reservoirs, which at the end of June contained 3.417 billion cubic
    meters (120 billion cu. ft.), representing 37 percent of their total
    capacity and far below the historic levels for this time of year.

    Of the reservoirs, 161 are at less than 50 percent capacity, while 111
    are not even at 25 percent capacity, the INRH said.

    At the beginning of this year, Cuban experts said that the drought
    affecting the country was causing “critical” problems, and last week
    President Raul Castro called for water rationing during his speech at
    the close of the first annual plenary session of the National Assembly,
    Cuba’s unicameral legislature. EFE

    Source: Cuban reservoirs far below capacity amid drought | Fox News
    Latino –
    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/07/22/cuban-reservoirs-far-below-capacity-amid-drought/

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