Mariela Castro’s comments on local Cuban TV last night about tornado damages and the recovery efforts
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews
Yesterday in the program #LibreAcceso de #CanalHabana, which every Wednesday at 8:30 PM is hosted by journalist #BárbaraDuval, the Vice President of the provincial government, #TatianaVieraHernández reported accurate data on the recovery of Havana after the tornado that severely affected the municipalities of Regla, Diez de Octibre and third Guanabacoa. With slight damages East Havana, Cerró and Maranao.
Food, water and other necessities are provided free of charge to the affected population.
The sale of food and water at very low prices are for all people in the neighborhoods where electricity and water services have not yet been restored. However there are others who do not have these difficulties but who can also benefit from these services.
There are 6155 people protected in the homes of relatives and friends for the total loss of their homes. Of this total, 258 are in Protection Centres or in adapted premises until their homes are built.
The Technical Evaluation Commissions have worked day and night to create the Technical Sheets and lists of materials for the reconstructions. They have already evaluated more than 95% of the houses damaged and totally destroyed. As of this morning, 40% of these people had already obtained the first materials assigned for their homes through different types of facilities or free deliveries, as the case may be.
There are 2006 houses affected. Of these, 205 with total collapses; 913 with partial collapses; 379 with total roof collapses; 217 with partial roof collapses.
We invite you to get informed and participate in a humble and supportive way, respecting the organizational procedures of the provincial and municipal governments.
The Cuban press is reporting that some people arrive in these neighborhoods and, without agreeing with the municipal government, distribute material aid to those who do not need it, who in some cases resell it.
In Ciudad Libertad there is a warehouse in front of the Rectorate of the Universidad Pedagogica, where the collection of donations is very well organized, the information that is offered to donors and forms are filled out where the necessary information is given for its general delivery or to the people who wish to benefit.