Severe drought persists in Santiago de Cuba
- Submitted by: Camila
- 10 / 10 / 2014
The absence of rainfall in Santiago de Cuba has led to a critical situation with the availability and distribution of water in the province. The drought that has lasted for nearly three years has caused serious havoc in the reservoir area.
This serious problem apparently will not be solved in the near future, as it is about to conclude the period of rainfall on the island, ranging from May to October. The authorities have resorted to measures such as reduced service days and the water pressure and distribution pipes. Government also called on the savings, the population and state agencies.
At present there are 164.7 million cubic meters less than the same period last year and dams are at 44.78% capacity filled.
Omar Palace, specialist in the field, said that of the 11 dams in the province five supplies the capital city and are currently holding very low water levels: Gilbert 37.1%; White drop 31.7%; Puddle Monkey 23%; Chalón 18% and Parada 17.3%.
A lack of rain joins the poor state of the water system on the island, with decades of decay and disrepair. Investments to date have been insufficient. The Government has recognized that much of the water being pumped is lost in leaks.
Source: Diario de Cuba