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Mauritius threatened with drought with the least rainy winter since 1985

Mauritius threatened with drought with the least rainy winter since 1985
While rainfall recorded a low activity from May to August with 245 mm of rain compared to the 515 mm on average for the season, the public body in charge of the distribution of water in Mauritius (CWA) is concerned the risk of drought as that found in 2011 on the island.

"The last time that the rain was also rare in winter dates back to 1985," said Prem Saddul, Chairman of the CWA that also points out that the situation is not "in the Red alert" but rather "in orange alert", as relates the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.
The public body of the CWA wants in the first place "observe the evolution" of the state of water resources (hill reservoirs, aquifers and rivers rivers) until mid-October before considering the transition to more drastic measures for the general public, such as including a ban on watering or washing vehicles.

As a reminder, the CWA is already on cuts of water on its distribution network including at Petit Riviere, Gros-Cailloux and Petit-Verger in the North of the island or Plaine-Wilhems in Mauritius center as well as in the region of Tamarin.

Hilly Island tanks levels are also below average for the period.
The largest reservoir of the country, Mare - aux-Vacoas, is filled with 65.4 per cent of fill (89.9% in June 2013), la Nicolière to 72%, Piton-du-Milieu to 65.9% (87.6% in June 2013), La Ferme 35.2% (76.3% in June 2013), Mare Longue to 73.9% (93.3 in June 2013) and Midlands Dam (52% (97.2% in June 2013).

But other parts of the island could also be affected by any cuts in the next tap the evolution of the situation, as indicated by the newspaper Le Matinal.

Fabrice François

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