A number of Caribbean countries have been placed under immediate drought warnings or watches, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
The Barbados-based agency said last year was the driest on record for the Eastern Caribbean and some other areas and that the 2015-2016 drought situation is similar to the major drought of 2009-2010.
CDEMA said in a statement drought alerts have been issued by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology for several countries up to March 2016.
The countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, northern Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and northern Suriname.
A drought watch has also been issued for Grenada, while Haiti east-and southward has been noted for drought concern.