Havana_ Despite heavy rains earlier this year and favoring the average of water in dams in western and central Cuban regions, the deficit of water persists in the country’s eastern zone, Prensa Latina publishes today.

"Rainfall in January reached 113 percent compared to the historical average, despite being the country in the dry period of the year," according to a report from Granma newspaper

At present, there are 48 municipalities with accumulated rainfall deficit, according to the current season.

Specialist Argelio Fernandez, of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, told the newspaper that the situation has caused an accumulated rainfall in dams across the country of 53 percent of capacity, which is above for the year ended December 2015.

However, that figure does not reach the historical average for January, the expert stressed.

There are a total of 234 affected water sources, associated with 974,891 inhabitants, with Santiago de Cuba as the most critical case, increasing the assistance of water tankers and easy access points for the population.

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