Cuba assesses damage and recovery actions due to heavy rains | News


Cuba prioritizes the protection of human lives in the midst of the intense rains that hit the westernmost provinces of the island, which have left three people dead and material damage.


Death toll from heavy rains in Cuba rises to three

In this framework, the Cuban authorities continue the damage assessment and recovery work after the effects caused by the intense rains.

With the presence of the highest leadership of the country, a videoconference is held with the authorities of the provinces affected by the heavy rains to evaluate the current situation and forecasts for the next few hours with the participation of the OACE (Central State Administration Organisms), he indicated. Cuban Civil Defense.

The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, went this Saturday morning to the headquarters of the National Civil Defense General Staff, to closely monitor the weather situation.

The members of the Political Bureau Manuel Marrero Cruz, Prime Minister of the nation, and Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda, Secretary of Organization of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, also participated. Also present was the Commander of the Revolution and Deputy Prime Minister Ramiro Valdés Menéndez.

Through videoconference it was exchanged with the western and central provinces. Deputy Prime Ministers and holders of various portfolios attended the meeting.

The impacts of the intense rains are in the houses, in the institutions, in the agricultural plantations and in the electrical service. On the other hand, rainfall has brought benefits to the reservoirs. The groundwater that has been recovering, reported the Presidency of Cuba.

Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Isla de la Juventud and Havana, especially the former, suffered the consequences of rainfall associated with a low-pressure system, which also affected central and eastern Cuban areas.

The rains that hit the Cuban archipelago this Friday left extensive areas flooded, mainly in low-lying areas.

In a thread of messages on the social network Twitter, the Presidency of Cuba specified that in the last twenty-four hours the rains were numerous in the west and center, some in the east.

It was also reported that very strong rain bands continue over the West and Center, which should continue this Saturday.

The president of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, Antonio Rodríguez Rodríguez, confirmed that the rains have been very intense.

In three days of June it has rained 30% of the average for the month. The accumulated average is 57.5 millimeters of water. The largest accumulated are in the Isle of Youth (203); Pinar del Rio (174); and Matanzas (125).

The Forecast Center of the Cuban Institute of Meteorology reported that precipitation levels have decreased in the west of the country, but there are conditions for them to persist in the coming hours.

This Friday, the Cuban president indicated that we have to place great emphasis on the protection measures of our people, and above all on the responsible attitude of each one in the face of a meteorological phenomenon such as the one that is affecting the island.

The Civil Defense Disaster Reduction Department called on the population to maintain and comply with the measures to avoid a tragedy, such as avoiding riverbeds, staying away from downed power lines, and following at all times the authorities’ ordinance on the topic.

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