The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) is reporting increased rainfall across parts of the region, reducing short term drought impacts, particularly in the eastern Caribbean and the Guianas, and Jamaica.

CDPMN in its latest Caribbean Drought bulletin for the months, March, April and May, noted that rains are expected to continue during June to August, particularly in Belize, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands and Guyana, with little concern over drought, at least until at the end of August.

“There may still be some need to be watchful regarding impacts from longer term drought that can influence groundwater and large rivers by the end of November in parts of the eastern Caribbean,” it said.

CDPMN, which was launched in 2009 under the Caribbean Water Initiative (CARIWIN), noted that apart from Tobago that was slightly dry, the islands of the eastern Caribbean were normal to wet.

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