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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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Now concerns about drought in the Caribbean



BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) says concerns exist for both long – and short-term drought over the Guianas, in particular northern Suriname. “With Cuba and Antigua being relatively dry over the past few months, water …
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Cape Town drought: South African city may avoid ‘Day Zero’


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The city cut daily water use limits first to 87 litres and then 50 in a bid to avert shutting off supplies

Cape Town will not have to turn off water supplies after all if current consumption levels are maintained, the region’s governing party has said.

Amid a drought, the city had set a 50-litre daily limit and had told citizens “Day Zero” was approaching when people would have to queue at standpipes.

But water-saving efforts in the South African city have seen the day pushed back from April to 27 August.

Seasonal rains should mean that date is now averted, the city said.

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U.S. to provide more than $533 million in aid amid African conflicts, drought


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will give more than $533 million in humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the West and Central African countries bordering Lake Chad, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gestures during a news conference at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/Files

Tillerson made the announcement at a speech in Virginia before departing for a week-long trip to several African countries. He also said the United States supported the creation of a development finance institution for Africa.

Tillerson contrasted the United States’ work on the African continent, which he said promoted “sustainable…

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South Sudan Needs Your Help

South Sudan Needs Your Help

There is a crisis of epic preportions unfolding in South Sudan. The Afrakan country is being ravaged by war, famine, and disease causing thousands of deaths on a daily basis. The suffering, especially to innocent women and children, is extremely severe but we know that no situation is ever helpless. Each and every one of us can make a difference in saving lives. The time to act is now because South Sudan needs your help.

South Sudan is the world’s newest country. It gained its independence from Sudan less than 10 years ago after many years of civil war. However, shortly after becoming a full-fledged republic, the country itself fell into turmoil over tribal conflicts and political and ideological differences between the ruling tribes.

While it may be understandable that every nation experiences internal strife, what makes the situation in South Sudan worse is the unending Drought affecting the entire region. As people watch their crops, animals, and children die of starvation, fighting between government troops and rebel forces is also driving them into UN refugee camps in the millions.

The UN has been trying to broker a cease-fire between government forces and rebel fighters with little effect. At the same time, numerous Aid agencies are on the ground in several areas providing medical aid to the sick and dieing as well as handing out food and water to the starving.

Many people have never heard of the situation in South Sudan. Those who have, fall into several groups. Some people help by donating to charities, some people turn a blind eye thinking that it’s the job of the UN, and some simply don’t care. Forget about the people who don’t care because we know that a great many people care but either lack the resources to help or don’t know how.

If you care about the lives of your fellow Afrakans then there is a way that everyone that cares can help. This very simple method involves the spreading of information. Ever heard the saying…?

Out of sight, out of mind

This is a True and Wise statement. When some people hear about the situation in South Sudan and feel helpless to do anything they simply put it out of their minds. When information is present on the Mind people have no choice but to think about it. When it’s information that affects the Conscience it generates Empathy and people begin to care.

Your task therefore is to spread information. Spread the word to everyone you know in person and on social media. Get daily updates from news sources or do a search on Google Alerts for “South Sudan”. Post the information on your Twitter and Facebook accounts and encourage your family and friends to spread it too.

In time so much information about South Sudan will be in front of people’s eyes that they will have no choice but to think about it. The information will begin to dig into their conscience creating an involuntary response of wanting to help. In time the fighting factions in South Sudan will notice the world looking at them and become self-conscious about their unethical war.

The UN will notice that citizens in their respective countries are holding their political actions in account. They will send in more peacekeepers and other support resources. Aid organizations will notice that a lot more of their donors are watching their actions and allocate more of their resources to the region.

South Sudan needs your help. Start the information spreading campaign today.