With just 3.5 inches of rain for the first half of the year, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has joined the growing list of Caribbean countries under drought watch.

According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), of the total 3.5 inches of rainfall for the January to June period, the majority occurred in January and February.

That is a significant reduction when compared to the same period last year when the British Overseas Territory saw 13.5 inches of rainfall.

Many Caribbean islands are being affected by the drought conditions with Puerto Rico being among the worst hit by a water shortage that is affecting 1.5 million people. The government has been forced to impose strict rationing and use the local National Guard to distribute water and impose fines on persons and businesses which use the scarce water resources improperly.

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