The worst drought in the nation's history is occurring with dry conditions since last October. 28,000 households are affected, especially in the western Viti Levu sugar cane areas. It is expected that 10% of sugar producers will harvest no sugar this season and another 30% will have significantly reduced harvests. The sugar industry is expected to lose at least $US49 million in earnings this year. To help with the situation, Australia is donating $US 72,000 in emergency assistance to affected families for food and clothing. The drought is expected to last at least through August.
Severe drought in northern and central parts of the country is occurring because of dry weather since early June and high temperatures since the middle of July. 55,000 ha of summer-autumn rice fields in five central provinces will be damaged if rain is not received in early August (10,000 ha of rice, 3,000 ha of subsidiary food crops, and 4,000 ha of short-term industrial crops have already died in the region).
Only 56% of seasonal rainfall has fallen on Cuba with the eastern portion of the country being hardest hit in the provinces of Las Tunas, Holguin, Granma, Santiago de Cuba, and Guantanamo (with rainfall getting progressively better to the west). Rainfall from April-June (usually heavy rainfall months) has been the lowest since 1941.