Cuba to introduce cloud seeding programme to tackle drought

Cuba to introduce cloud seeding programme to tackle drought

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) - The Water Resources institute says a cloud seeding programme will be implemented on September 15 in an effort to relieve areas hard hit by the prolonged drought.

The effectiveness of the two month programme, aimed at increasing rainfall in the eastern end of the island will depend on the conditions in the clouds that will be targets of silver iodide that is used to facilitate the process.

Cuba previously used the cloud seeding technique to increase precipitation.

A Russian Yak-40 aircraft will be used to carry out the procedure.

According to Yosmany Gilll, an engineer at the Institute, the period between January to August has been the driest since 1901.

The current drought is expected to continue to April next year.

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