Cuba Faces More Frequent and Longer Drought Cycles
16 de febrero de 2017, 18:33Havana, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Institute of Water Resources (INRH), Ines Maria Chapman, asserted today that droughts in Cuba are more frequent and longer every time.
Fighting that cyclic phenomenon is not new in the country and if some time ago, they appeared every five years as average, but the average period now is three years, while their duration is longer, said the official during a monthly media conference with expert journalists on the area.
She explained that this situation affected economic branches in general and the whole society, because it alters the water supply cycles, which are necessary for growth in agriculture, tourism and other sectors.
In Chapman's opinion, drought has a silent detrimental effect. People get ready for the arrival of a cyclone. However, they do not do the same with this phenomenon, which is currently affecting the country.
The INRH said the loss of water had been reduced from 58 percent to 45 percent, with elimination of leaks and adopting some measures, although there are still many water leaks to be eliminated.
She highlighted the importance of producing iron fittings and other means to avoid water loss, and also to do a quality work in all procedures. Chapman also highlighted the need for more information and communication to raise awareness of the need to make a rational use of water.
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