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Worst Havana Drought Since Communist Revolution April 22, 2011
Havana in the rain
A rare sight on the streets of Havana so far this year.
Cuba’s capital and the surrounding province are facing the most acute water shortage in 50 years due to a prolonged drought that was amplified by an extremely dry March.

The problem around Havana is worsened by the deterioration of the region’s aqueduct system and antiquated household plumbing, according to the country’s National Institute of Water Resources.

Heavy seasonal rains normally arrive in northern Cuba during April.

But the Cuban Meteorology Institute cautions that one wet month will scarcely make a dent in the rainfall deficit left by a quarter-year of inadequate rain.

Photo: Erica Valdez