Drought leads to power outages in US Virgin Islands

2015-08-16 15:31

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Charlotte Amalie - Authorities in the US Virgin Islands say a worsening drought is causing power outages.

The director of the island's water and power authority says dry conditions have caused tree branches to fall and salt air residue to build up on wires and other equipment.

Hugo Hodge jnr says power outages have increased in recent months. Other sectors have been hit hard as well.

Virgin Islands Senator Janette Millin Young said on Friday that the government expects to provide more than $500 000 to the Department of Agriculture to help farmers deal with crop and livestock losses.

One of the worst droughts in recent years has gripped the Caribbean and led to severe water rationing.

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