Several Caribbean countries placed on drought watch, warning

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has placed several states under immediate drought watch or warning for 2016.

CDEMA has expressed immediate drought concerns for these countries, due to below-normal rain during the previous dry and wet seasons. This resulted in a number of countries experiencing water shortages in 2015.

Drought alerts have been issued by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology for several countries, up to March 2016.

Drought warnings have been issued for Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, northern Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago as well as northern Suriname.

A drought watch has been issued for Grenada while there is a drought concern in east and south Haiti.