Severe Drought Can Leave Cuba Without Rice and Cigars

21.12.2015

This year abnormally high air temperature caused by weather phenomenon El Niño has led to an unprecedented lack of precipitation on the Island of Freedom. As a result, the rice yield decreased by 40%. In addition, tobacco production, which Cuba is famous for, is under the threat.

Severe Drought Can Leave Cuba Without Rice and Cigars

The last time a similar phenomenon was observed 115 years ago. Farmers learned about impending drought in August, after receiving a warning from the country's authorities, but it didn't help to avoid damage. In General, the heat affected 70% of the territory of the Caribbean. In particular, it has worsened the situation with crops in Guatemala and Honduras.