Extreme drought in Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba Province is experiencing a severe drought that has worsened steadily since early 2015. Water supply sources are barely at 27.5% of their capacity, and the ones in the city of Santiago de Cuba –with half a million inhabitants- only retains 15.8%. Santiago de Cuba province is also one of the most vulnerable areas in food security and nutrition, that has suffered further negative impacts due to the current drought.
The programme is designed with an integrated approach where each of its results aim to strengthen the water chain in drought situations in a large city in Cuba. This includes: the system of hydrometeorological early warning; control, distribution and supply under conditions of scarcity; capacity building; access to safe water; and continuity of food production in drought conditions, based on the efficient use of water.
27.5% is the current availability of water supply sources in Santiago de Cuba Province; only 15.7% in the city of Santiago de Cuba.
460,000 is the number of people affected by the lack of water and 5 the number of municipalities under extreme hydraulic drought since 2015.
Of the 2,100 liters of water demanded by the capital city, only about 1,300 liters (61.9%) are being delivered today, and a portion of it is lost because of leaks in networks and intradomiciliary.