For the first time in over 8 years parts of Jamaica are experiencing a hydrological drought.
That’s according to Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Matthew Samuda.
He was giving an update on the drought situation in the Senate, this morning.
The country was previously experiencing a meteorological drought, which is based on the degree of dryness or rainfall deficit facing the country.
A hydrological drought, on the other hand, occurs when the rainfall deficit begins to impact water supply in streams, rivers and reservoirs, due to low ground water levels.
Mr. Samuda said some rivers and other water bodies in the east are showing significantly reduced levels which continue to impact parish water systems.