Lack of Rainfall Worsens Drought in Cuba
16 de marzo de 2017, 12:56Havana, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban dams accumulates about 42 percent of their total capacity, a situation that tends to worsen due to lack of rainfall, the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH) has warned.
The island is going through a severe drought, Argelio Fernandez, head of Hydrological Services at INRH, told Prensa Latina after a meeting with journalists on occasion of the celebrations for the Cuban Press Day.
This is a rather unfavorable situation, considering that the dams currently accumulate 1,600 million cubic meters less than they should have.
The hydrological levels in Cuban dams, groundwater and water flows respond to the rainfall regime, which governs all processes, he explained.
According to Hernandez, March average rainfall reach 24 percent by this date, 67 percent in February and 60 percent in January, while a half of the expected water volume decreased from November to the current month.
INRH's First Vice-President Abel Salas considers essential to raise the culture on water to take advantage of and to save that resource to the utmost.
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