Worst drought in 40 years reported in eastern Cuba

Campaign News | Saturday, 10 April 2004

Fear for water supplies in long term

Havana, April 10 (Prensa Latina) The drought affecting eastern Cuba since May 2003 is among the worst in the last 40 years, the Granma newspaper reporterd o0n April 10th.

Statistics from the Centro del Clima of the Cuban Weather Institute show a rain deficit of 300 or 400 millimeters.

Rain -in the last 11 months- hardly reached 70 percent of historical periods and some areas in Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba have been below that figure.

March was not a good month for other parts of Cuba either and Pinar del Rio, La Habana, Cienfuegos and Matanzas were under the traditional average rainfall.

Cuban weathercasters have reported the situation will turn worse in the next three months in the eastern provinces.

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