Press Release – Belmopan – April 1st, 2005 – The National Meteorology Services reports that rainfall and river level records for Belize since January 1st, 2005 indicate marked deficits in rainfall for January through March.
Meanwhile, water levels in most rivers and groundwater table levels have shown low values comparable to the record minimum levels of 1998. Except for the Stann Creek Valley and the southern coastal plains where rainfall for March 2005 are above 50% of the normal, the rest of the country has received less that 50% of the average for March.
The areas hardest hit by the current drought conditions are the Corozal and Orange Walk districts, as well as areas north of the Belize District, where the rainfall has been less than 10% of the average rainfall for March.
April is generally the driest month of the year in Belize. This will likely hold true this year as the warm event of El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) intensifies over the Central and Eastern Pacific. Consequently, we can expect that most areas of Belize will continue to be affected by the evolving, intense drought this month.
Farmers, tourist resort operators and the general public at large should endeavor to conserve water.
Another Update will be issued next week.