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Clean water for Santiago de Cuba

More than 1 million people have been affected by a severe and prolonged drought in Cuba since 2014. Seventy-five percent of the island has been negatively impacted with direct consequences on the economy and the lives and livelihoods of the majority of the Cubans.

Water supply sources are barely at one third of their capacity and as a result 141 of the 168 municipalities suffer from water shortages. In order to alleviate the effects of the drought, the worst in a century, the EU has been funding a project implemented by two United Nations Agencies (the World Food Programme and the United Nations Development Programme) and Movimiento por la Paz (MPDL) to prepare for the drought, and another project with Oxfam to respond to it.

With a total funding of €1 200 000, the EU and its partners have been providing safe water to over 100,000 most affected people at the time they strengthen national and local capacities to monitor and forecast drought events in the 20 municipalities most at risk of the drought in Cuba’s eastern provinces. Projects also strengthen the water chain in drought situations in Santiago de Cuba - the country's second-largest city and the most seriously affected by the drought.

Story by Ruth Silva, Information and Communications Assistant, EU Humanitarian Aid

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