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HURRICANE IRMA

State Facilities in Yaguajay Recover after Irma

Although Irma not only messed up, but also caused deep wounds in the economic and social infrastructure of the northernmost municipality of Yaguajay, in the Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus, the hard work undertaken just a few hours after the rain and wind stopped is already yealding results. Marelys Cedeño Cardoso, vice president of the […] Continue reading

Sancti Spiritus Insurance Company Compensates Hurricane Irma Victims

The insurance company of Sancti Spiritus, central Cuba, will disburse over 5 000 000 pesos to pay the corresponding compensation to the legal and natural persons who claimed on the insurance after the passage of Hurricane Irma.   According to Reldy Ramirez Garcia, deputy director of the company, there are 249 of such persons who […] Continue reading

September Rainfall Favored Reservoirs in Cuba

At the end of September, the reservoirs of the island held a total of 6.446 billion cubic meters of water September, as usual, proved to be one of the wettest months of the year in Cuba, ending with total national rainfall of 344.9 millimeters, equivalent to 185% of the historic monthly average. As reflected by […] Continue reading

António Guterres Visits Caribbean Islands Hit by Hurricanes

Guterres told reporters that his visit to the Caribbean aims to “see what else the United Nations can do to help those affected” UN Secretary-General António Guterres is currently visiting Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica, Caribbean islands affected last month by powerful hurricanes. According to the Office of the Spokesman of the Secretary General, Guterres […] Continue reading

Homes Turns into Schools: Lessons of Solidarity in Yaguajay

Damages caused by Hurricane Irma on the educational infrastructure in rural areas of Yaguajay brought about the support of local residents to resume school activities Olainys Duran Martinez remembers that morning of September 10, 2017, when she opened the window of her house in Llanadas Arriba and saw that the roof of the school was […] Continue reading

What a Great Job We Have Done, Said Trump in Puerto Rico

Donald Trump went to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the island  U.S. President Donald Trump visited hurricane-wracked Puerto Rico on Tuesday, hoping to highlight federal recovery efforts and repair damage done by his controversial early response to the crisis.   Trump’s trip to the U.S. territory of Puerto […] Continue reading

Sancti Spiritus Electricians to Help Martinique

A brigade of electric linemen from the central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus will travel in the next few hours to Martinique, in order to re-established electricity service in the Caribbean island severely pounded by hurricanes Irma and María last September. The group, which left this Wednesday morning to Havana, has been provided with a […] Continue reading

Sancti Spíritus Still Recovering after Irma

Sancti Spíritus continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma in order to move to normality as soon as possible, according to information from the Provincial Defense Council. Losses so far reported in this central Cuban territory are estimated at about 188, 900, 000 pesos.  More than 49 per cent of this amount corresponds […] Continue reading

Cuba Releases Preliminary Report on Hurricane Irma Damages

The provinces most affected were Camagüey, Ciego de Ávila, Sancti Spíritus and Villa Clara As is known, September 7-10, the country was impacted by the powerful Hurricane Irma, which caused severe coastal flooding, strong winds, and heavy rainfall, principally in the north of the island from Camagüey to Artemisa. The provinces most affected were Camagüey, […] Continue reading

Panama First Lady Brings Humanitarian Aid for Cubans

As part of her stay in Cuba, the first lady will hold meetings with students and residents of her country in the island Lorena Castillo de Varela, first lady of Panama, will officially deliver today in Cuba the humanitarian aid sent by the Panamanian people to the Cubans who suffered the effects of Hurricane Irma, […] Continue reading

Sancti Spiritus: A Fearless and Courageous Legion

After the devastation brought by Hurricane Irma last September 9, the Ranchón El Bosque’s workers, next to the town of Meneses, could very well begin to look for another name for the facility.  The center, ran by the Flora and Fauna Business and located in the middle of a picturesque grove of precious woods, miraculously […] Continue reading

Raúl Torres and Pancho Amat Perform in Sancti Spiritus

Renowned Cuba artists were welcomed in Yaguajay, the región most affected by Hurricane Irma in Sancti Spiritus Convinced that art can also contribute to raise the human spirit, even in the most difficult times, performers and bands, such as Son del Nene joined the group, as well as singer-songwriters Adrián Berazaín and Mauricio Figueiral, magician […] Continue reading

International Airport Resumes Operations in Central Cuba

Operations were restarted this Monday, September 25th, in Santa Clara’s Abel Santamaría International Airport With the arrival this Monday, September 25, of Jet Blue and American Airlines flights, the Abel Santamaría International Airport resumed its operations, which had been interrupted due to damages caused to its facilities by Hurricane Irma. As Omar Gil Ramos, director […] Continue reading

Nicolás Maduro Delivers Donation to Cuba

The Venezuelan president was received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro Venezuelan Head of State, Nicolás Maduro, arrived in Cuba in order to hand over a donation this September 22nd, which will contribute to compensate the damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma. According to Granma newspaper, the president of the […] Continue reading

Drinking Water Available in Sancti Spíritus after Hurricane

The drinking water service offered by the Empresa Provincial de Acueducto y Alcantarillado (Provincial Aqueduct and Sewer Company) in Sancti Spiritus, which was severely damaged due to the passage of hurricane Irma, has been already restored to about 290,000 clients, representing 97% of the total residents who benefit from such service in this central Cuban […] Continue reading

Cuba Announces Measures to Support Hurricane-Affected People

The Cuban government has decided to use state budget to finance half the cost of construction materials for these persons Taking into consideration the severe damage caused by Hurricane Irma, and based on the positive experience obtained during the recovery from Hurricanes Sandy and Matthew, the government has decided that the state budget will finance […] Continue reading

WFP Brings Food Aid for Hurricane Irma Victims in Cuba

World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley, bearer of the news, toured ares of Jaimanitas,  one of the most damaged communities in Havana World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley has announced the donation of 1.5 million dollars in food, and a food aid valued at 5.7 million dollars for those affected by […] Continue reading

Raúl Castro: We’ll Come Through this Once Again

The President of the National Defense Council, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, led a meeting with Party, state and government leaders on Wednesday, September 13, during which the damages caused by Hurricane Irma were evaluated, and the actions to be undertaken during the recovery phase outlined. Raúl recognized the hard work in each of the […] Continue reading

Trinidad de Cuba Hotels Available to Tourists

The tourist facilities run by Gaviota Hotel Group in Topes de Collantes and those subordinate to Cubanacan SA in Trinidad, central Cuba, are already in operation, according to a statement from both entities which was quoted by  Prensa Latina news agency. The return to normality in these facilities implied the coordinated work and great effort […] Continue reading

Hurricane Irma-Affected Resorts Reopen in Cuba

According to Cuban First Viceminister of Tourism, Alexis Trujillo, many of the recreational facilities are already in operation Cuban First Viceminister of Tourism, Alexis Trujillo, certified today that many of the recreational facilities of the country affected by hurricane Irma are already in operation. In an interview given by the official to Granma daily, added […] Continue reading

Humanitarian Aid from Venezuela Arrives in Havana

Many countries from around the world, especially in Latin America,  have expressed their solidarity towards Cuba Venezuela became the first country to send humanitarian aid to Cuba this Tuesday, September 12, following the impact of Hurricane Irma on the island over 72 hours. The aircraft 2803, model Y-8, of the Venezuelan Air Force arrived at […] Continue reading

Electrical Service Recovers in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

The province’s electricity service, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, is being primarily re-established in areas where important instititions are located such as hospitals, food processing plants, evacuation centers, and civil defense control stations, among others. According to Raidel Diaz Vega, investment director at the Empresa Electrica Provincial (Provincial Electricity Company) damages were reported […] Continue reading

Panama Helps the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma

Panama will send some 90 tons of humanitarian aid to the Caribbean islands, especially the island of San Martin and Cuba An air corridor was established today from Panama for the delivery of some 90 tons of humanitarian aid to the Caribbean islands devastated by the recent hurricane Irma scourge, according to the Secretary of Communication. […] Continue reading

Ecuadorians Collect Staple Products for Cuba, the Caribbean

All people interested in cooperating with the states hit by the phenomenon are free to make donations A tent in Plaza Grande, in the historic center of Quito, collects staple products, donated to help people affected by Hurricane Irma in Cuba and the Caribbean, where damages are still being quantified today. The initiative, led by […] Continue reading

Raul Castro: The Revolution Will Leave no One Unprotected

In a message sent to the Cuban people, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Raul Castro said that: “One principle remains immovable: the Revolution will leave no one unprotected and measures are already being adopted to ensure that no Cuban family is left to their fate”. “We face the recovery with the […] Continue reading

Hurricane Irma’s Only Benefit to Sancti Spíritus

The greatest contribution of dangerous Hurricane Irma in Sancti Spiritus was the 731 000 000m³ of water received in the nine reservoirs that exist in this central Cuban province between Friday and Sunday. At that moment the territory stored 928 000 000m³, which represents 72 percent of its reservoirs’ capacity. The local Zaza dam, which was just […] Continue reading