Water Shortage Brings Rationing to Okinawa

From Associated Press

Okinawa’s worst water shortage in seven years has forced officials to cut water supplies throughout the southern Japanese prefecture for 24 hours every other day, officials said Monday.

Water in two reservoirs averaged only 11.5% of capacity, while five reservoirs were averaging 44.6% of capacity, a local government official said.

An Okinawa weather bureau official said only 0.78 inches of rain fell in the prefecture in February--17% of normal.