Drought concerns in parts of the Caribbean


By Glenroy Blanchette

In its latest Drought Bulletin for April 2018, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) reported concerns over long-term and short-term drought in several Caribbean islands.

The assessment for Cuba and Antigua prompted the CPDMN to state that “water resources should be monitored for long-term drought that can affect groundwater and large catchments, up until the end of the dry season at least,” in those two islands. The report also noted South-eastern Haiti is under long-term drought and that Belize should be monitored as that country faces the possibility of long-term drought.

The islands of the Eastern Caribbean experienced mixed conditions in February varying from slightly dry to extremely wet.

In St. Kitts-Nevis, the dry conditions of the…

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