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Water shortage, dry spells haunt Caribbean

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Caribbean countries are experiencing a prolonged spell of dry weather, leading to a shortage of drinking water, regional officials have said.

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in Dominica said the present weather in the Eastern Caribbean is an indication that the region is experiencing "moderate to severely dry conditions".

"The information received point to the fact that Dominica weather is abnormally to moderately dry while Antigua and Barbuda is severely dry and Anguilla as extremely dry. Guyana has advanced its drought plan as it to experiences dryer than normal conditions," the ODM said in a statement.

In St Lucia, the Meteorological Services said the outlook for May is for below normal rainfall in a country that is already experiencing a dry spell that has been affecting water supplies to most communities,.

The Water and Sewerage Company said it has developed a dry-weather water-management plan and has commenced its implementation, which includes adjustments to existing water-supply schedules.