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Drought intensifies in Puerto Rico; rationing extended

July 2, 2015

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico has extended austere water rationing measures to new cities as a prolonged drought intensifies in the U.S. territory.

The island’s water and sewer company said Thursday that nearly 350,000 people now face restrictions. Some receive water every third day and others every second day.

The government also started fining people on Wednesday for improper water usage.

U.S. Drought Monitor statistics show that the number of municipalities facing a severe drought has nearly doubled in the past two weeks. More than 1.8 million people in Puerto Rico are now affected.

Other Caribbean islands also are struggling with drought. The British Virgin Islands government said Thursday that it had to ship 30,000 gallons of water from Tortola to Virgin Gorda.

Jamaica also recently imposed water restrictions.

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