Extreme drought the worst to impact Cuba in 50 years
Cuba experienced extreme drought conditions in 2011, extending the dry spell that began in 2009 and marking one of the driest years in the nation’s history. Cubans were confronted with a serious shortage in water supplies as reservoirs fell as low as one-fifth of their normal levels. Tens of thousands of residents collected freshwater in buckets and bottles from delivery trucks, according to the BBC.
The map above shows the difference from average annual precipitation across Central America and the Caribbean region for 2011. Shades of brown indicate areas that received up to 30 inches less than average precipitation while green indicates up to 30 inches more than average.