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Severe drought in Cuba’ easternmost region is being confronted

Guantánamo, Cuba, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Prime Minister Inés María Chapman shared with residents of the mountainous municipality of Maisí the Government's strategies to face the severe drought that is affecting this semidesert area in eastern Cuba.

On Thursday, Chapman talked with local residents, who expressed their concerns and ideas to alleviate the difficulties with water supply, which in certain stages is supplied by tanker trucks and other local alternatives.

She explained that the existing hydrological studies are being updated, considering the worsening weather conditions in a municipality where only 25 percent of the average rainfall for this period of the year has fallen.

Chapman recalled that in Punta de Maisí, surrounded by the sea, desalination plants were installed, an alternative which does not meet the entire population’s water demand. The vice president added that an ultimate solution is being sought on the basis of what is most feasible to address the problem.

She recalled that emergency projects are under construction to accumulate water from some reservoirs that have not been exhausted and to transfer water in tanker trucks.

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