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San Juan, (EFE).- 68% of Puerto Rico experiences moderate drought and 8% of the island’s territory, severe drought, which has already caused water rationing, according to what was published this Thursday by the United States Drought Monitor. Joined.

Last week, this entity reported that 1.32% of the island suffered severe drought, for the first time in three years, so today’s data shows a significant increase.

The severe drought mainly affects the east of the island, the municipalities of Barranquitas, Comerío and Aibonito, as well as parts of Cidra, Cayey, Guayama, Salinas, Coamo and Ponce.

The term severe drought means that the harvest and crops on the land are scarce and implies that the Government issues water rationing.

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The executive president of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA)Doriel Pagán Crespo, reported that they continue to observe daily water supplies and hydrographic basins.

“The plans for scheduled interruptions (of the water supply) are maintained for the Canovanas, El Yunque in Río Grande and Juncos Urbano filter plants,” Pagán said in a statement.

Residents of Loíza and Canovanas have water rationing in the afternoons and those of Río Grande, Juncos and part of Las Piedras for eight hours at night.

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68% of PR suffers from moderate drought and 8% from severe
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“In the same way, due to the decrease in the raw waters of the Guzmán Arriba filter plant, located in Río Grande, this will enter tomorrow, Friday, in a plan of interruptions for periods of 24 hours,” explained the engineer.

The rains recorded last week temporarily relieved the rationing but have not been enough to reduce the drought, so the measures have to be applied again.

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