15 Apr 2011

Severe drought cuts Cuban water supplies

9:52 am on 15 April 2011

Tens of thousands of families in Cuba are relying on truck deliveries for their water as the country suffers its worst drought in half a century.

State media says the situation is made worse by the poor condition of the water supply system.

The BBC cites Granma newspaper as saying up to 70% of water pipes supplying the capital Havana are leaking and in urgent need of repair.

The drought began two years ago and reservoir supplies are at a fifth of their normal levels.

It is hoped the rainy season in May and June will bring some respite but it will take more than a normal rainy season to fill up the reservoirs.