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Reservoirs in Cuba’s largest province hit by drought

Reservoirs in Cuba’s largest province hit by drought

Camagüey, Cuba, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Camagüey, the province with the largest hydraulic infrastructure in Cuba, is seriously affected by the current drought, as a result of which reservoirs have decreased and are only at 31 percent of their capacity.
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Authorities from the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH) recently arrived in the country’s third most populated city to assess the current conditions, and to take favorable measures so that the supply to the population is affected as little as possible.

According to Cadena Agramonte’s website, during the recent visit of INRH President Antonio Rodríguez, he stated that “investments are being made in the infrastructure that will favor water supply” in a territory where more than 730,000 people live in 13 municipalities.

Water is crucial food production, one of the core points of the development strategy of the Cuban Government, and for this reason “measures are being taken to maintain a stable supply to the state and residential sectors, with a prioritized attention to the sugar harvest and institutions dedicated to that tasks,” according to the publication. Official records from the INRH in the region report that after the current situation caused by the scarcity of rainfall, the province had an accumulated rainfall in March of 19 millimeters, which accounts for only 34.4 percent of rainfall with respect to the historic average in March.

With more than 16,000 square kilometers, Camagüey has a dozen reservoirs to supply water to the population, although only two of them exceed half of their full capacity, particularly the Maximo and Caonao dams, which supply water to the capital city.

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