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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2020. 7:28 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) has listed Belize among other Caribbean territories that are under warning for short-term and long-term drought.

The Barbados-based institute released the January edition of its Caribbean Drought Bulletin this week, noting that the countries being warned about short-term drought are Barbados, Belize, Guadeloupe, the ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao as well as eastern Puerto Rico. The list for long-term drought included Antigua, southwest Belize, Western Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, and Grenada.

The CIMH said that the droughts are expected to impact soil moisture, streams, and small rivers.

The warning aligns with fears coming from the National Meteorological Service of Belize, which forecasts that the rainy season of 2019 would not bring enough water to reverse the drought conditions experienced last year.

The Government of Belize (GOB) categorized last year’s drought as “the worse in decades” and had to customize interventions

for farmers as the drought ravaged the agricultural sector causing damage valued upwards of $50 million to around 7,000 farms.

 

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