Drought still prevails in the Cibao
The lack of rainfall is causing water shortage across the Cibao Valley with serious implication for livestock grazing and farming in the area, particularly the northwest, which is the one of the country’s most arid farming areas.
According to local farmers, the drought is affecting their production on a large scale as reported by the vice president of the Association of Small Farm Producers of the Northwest, Rafael Canela Bueno. He told El Nuevo Diario reporters that many of his members plant their crops just before what is expected to be the rainy season and as a result of the drought many of their crops are drying up.
Meanwhile, the water crisis in several parts of Santiago and other provinces in the Cibao region has reached serious levels and is causing major concerns according to the director of the Santiago Water and Sewerage Corporation (Coraasan), Silvio Duran. During a meeting with local journalists yesterday, Wednesday, 13 April 2016, he announced that they were boosting their pumping stations in the areas of Las Charcas and Nibaje, which supply 35,000,000 gallons of water a day to Santiago in an attempt to improve the water situation.
The central Cibao Aqueduct, which receives its water from the Bao reservoir in the province of Santiago supplies water to cities and towns as well is to the city of Moca and other cities in the province of Espaillat.
April 16, 2016
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