Severe drought in Jamaica caused serious disruptions in water supply in hospitals, schools and homes. The government was forced to spend millions of dollars on temporary help to save the situation.
About 100 of the 460 water supply systems in the country, which are under the responsibility of the national water commission, affected by drought. The amount of water in them was reduced by 50-70%, according to a representative of the Commission, Charles Buchanan. «We have some customers who have not experienced such drought for the past 23 years,» — he added.
Last week, the Government of Jamaica announced that it would send 5.8 million. Dollars to repair and restore the five wells in the area of Kingston, as well as the completion of 22 projects for water supply in rural areas and paying for trucks that will carry the water tank in the affected areas within six months. In addition, Jamaica social advertising campaign begins with a call to conserve water.
Minister of Hydraulic Resources and Housing Horace Chang said that the hospital in the first place will receive assistance from the government hospital, then schools, three of which were closed for one day last week.
Drought hardest hit east and south of the island of Jamaica. As the meteorologist Makgrill Sylvia, this natural phenomenon this year increased during the hurricane season, as well as due to lack of rains in September and October, which usually are very rainy.
Jamaica — an island nation in Central America (Caribbean). The third largest island, located south of Cuba and west of Haiti.
The climate is tropical. The average January temperature is 24-25 ° C, in July 26-27 ° C. Average annual rainfall decreases from 5000 mm. on the northern windward slopes of up to 800 mm. on the south coast. Changes accordingly and natural areas of seasonally wet evergreen rainforests in the north-eastern slopes of the mountains and in the center of the island to the savannas of the south and west.