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Cuba's Drought Situation Worsens as Millions Suffer

In the wake of a year-long drought, Cuba put its civil defense system on alert on Monday as the country's residents and agriculture continue to suffer
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A man carries containers for water on a trolley in the Consolacion del Sur neighborhood in the Pinar del Rio province, Cuba on August 19, 2015. Cuba put its civil defense system on alert on Monday due to a year-long drought that is forecast to worsen in the coming months and has already damaged agriculture and left more than a million people relying on trucked-in water. The country's civil defense system said the drought, record heat and water leakage have led to low levels of available water for the population, agriculture, industry and services. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty ImagesYAMIL LAGE / AFP - Getty Images

In the wake of a year-long drought, Cuba has put its civil defense system on alert as the country's residents and agriculture continue to suffer.

At the current time, over one million people are relying on trucked-in water in Cuba. The country's major crops, including sugar, coffee and beans, are seeing great damage.

The country's civil defense system said the drought, record heat and water leakage have led to "low levels of available water for the population, agriculture, industry and services." On Monday, the government said that emergency measures were being taken at all levels, including stricter rationing of water through the state-run waterworks.

Drought conditions across the Caribbean have left reservoirs at 37 percent of capacity, largely caused by the weather phenomenon known as El Niño. Cuban authorities appear increasingly alarmed by the situation, which could lead to wider rationing in major cities and hard choices on where water should be allocated with winter planting, the tourism season and sugar milling all beginning in November.