Puerto Rico seeks strict water rationing measures

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico says it will implement strict water-rationing measures if a cluster of thunderstorms headed toward the Caribbean does not generate enough rain.

More than 50 percent of the U.S. territory is facing abnormally dry conditions, with the island's southern region and a small area in the northeast experiencing a moderate drought.

The executive president of Puerto Rico's water and sewer company says areas in and around the capital of San Juan would be affected by the measures. Alberto Lazaro said Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of customers in those areas would receive water every other day.

The lack of rain has caused an estimated $20 million in agricultural losses. The government declared a state of emergency earlier this month as it seeks U.S. federal aid.