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Looming drought in the Caribbean

El Nino blamed for low rainfall levels
By Bert Wilkinson

Farmers and ordinary householders in Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia among others are starting to express concern about looming water shortages resulting from the prolonged dry season that saw vastly reduced annual year-end rainfall levels.

In Trinidad for example, weather watchers at the Piarco International Airport point to statistics showing that only 10 millimeters of rain fell in January compared to a normal 71 millimeters on the books as the national long-term average.

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Saint Lucia facing drought threat

CASTRIES, St Lucia, January 20, 2010 – St Lucians have been put on warning that the island is being threatened by the possibility of a drought.

Citizens have already been put on notice that in coming days, they will be affected by shortages in their water supply as authorities attempt to conserve and manage the depleted stock of water at various catchment sites.

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Model Public and Policy Awareness Communications Workshop

The Institutional Support and Capacity Building for Disaster Management in the Caribbean (EDF) Project has convened a meeting of regional disaster representatives in the field of Public Awareness and Education at the CDEMA CU, Manor Lodge Complex, St Michael, Barbados on Thursday February 25,2010.

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Only time can heal Haiti and its citizens says Saint Lucia NEMO's director

Castries, Saint Lucia, February 15, 2010 (GIS) – Officials from the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), now back from Haiti, are of the view, that time will be the greatest healer for the survivors of the deadly earthquake which struck on 12th of January.

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Drought threatening Guyana agriculture

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, February 15, 2010 – Drought conditions in Guyana, caused by a lingering El Nino, is threatening to cause billions of dollars in damage to the agriculture sector and officials say they’re doing all they can to, at least, limit the losses.

Like other countries in the region, Guyana is struggling with water shortages and Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud said the resultant losses could be around GUY$3 billion (US$14.7 million).

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