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Cuba: In May, capacity to fill dams increased
More than seven thousand 820 million cubic meters collected the reservoirs of the country at the end of May, when the rainy period begins that extends until October, it was reported this Wednesday in Havana.

The figure represents 86 percent of the total filling capacity of the 242 dams administered by the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH), Emilio Cosme Suárez, director for the rational use of water from the agency, said in a meeting with journalists .

He noted that the index represented an increase of two thousand 883 million cubic meters compared to the historical average for the fifth month of the year, attributed in this case to the heavy rains associated with the subtropical storm Alberto, which left accumulated above 100 millimeters in the western and central regions of the nation.

According to its statistics, the largest volumes dammed by province corresponded to Camagüey (1074.93 million m3), Sancti Spíritus (1034.45 million m3) and Villa Clara (1003.14 million m3).

A group of 107 dams opened their floodgates on the first of June to allow the passage of water, in a measure of basic management and control of their resources, which is one of the essential objectives of INRH and its national policy that includes the elevation of the quality of the services.

Cosme Suarez also announced the forecast of precipitation and filling of the ponds for June, the wettest month of the hurricane season that began on Friday first and conclude on November 30 in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

By regions, the average rainfall in the West in June will be 231, 1 millimeters, in the center of 208.1, in the east of 149.7 and nationally of 195.9, while the lifespan estimate of the reservoirs it is of five thousand 261.9 million m3, according to the specialist.

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