Rains over Cuba Funneled through Local Water Resources
HAVANA, Cuba, June 21 (acn)
Heavy rains affecting the Cuban territory for the past 72
hours have triggered Civil Defense protection measures,
while the country implements a National Water Resources
Management Program offering efficient use of rainfall and
The Cuban Defense
Office has alerted that given the prevailing heavy rains
on the national territory, local authorities must closely
behavior of water sources and reservoirs, as well as
consider measures to
be adopted on time to protect the people an economic
resources by paying
special attention to any settlement that could remain
isolated by the
The National weather institute has issued advisories telling
rains and thunderstorms in most of the country over the next
24 to 48
hours, with the most intense rainfalls in the western
in mountainous zones.
Recent TV weather reports showed the largest rainfall
accumulates in the
central part of the island due to a massive area of heavy
the southwestern Caribbean.
Cubans have woken up to very cloudy and rainy mornings this
week and lived
really wet days, though the natural phenomenon has not
activities, except for rural zones where rainfalls have
floods, particularly in agricultural areas.
Meanwhile, a National Water Resources Management Program
since 1963 has provided benefits like the increase in the
of reservoirs, the cushioning of the impact by heavy rains,
storage of rainwater for human consumption, agriculture and
According to the Cuban report to the Rio+20 UN Conference on
Development the islandís water storage capacity increased by
20 folds in
the past 40 years, and the volumes accumulated up to 2010,
at 9. 6 billion cubic meters of water in 239 reservoirs.
infrastructure includes canals, pumping stations, dams, and
engineering works that offer protection against floods.
The Cuban report also explains about sustainable water
the increase of forests in water collection zones and other
related to Objective Number Seven of the UN Millennium
about stopping the deterioration of water quality and
The report also explains about the replacement of
inefficient technologies, the recycling and improvement of
distribution networks and the promotion of water saving
rational use, among other issues of great significance.