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Council of Ministers: Havana recovers with everyone's contribution

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Council of Ministers: Havana recovers with everyone's contributionHAVANA, Cuba, Feb 5 (ACN) Around 3,780 houses were affected by the devastating tornado that hit Havana just over seven days ago; 372 total and 518 partial collapses have been recorded, according to the Minister of Construction, René Mesa Villafaña, at the meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Monday night under the leadership of the first vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Salvador Valdés Mesa.

The total collapses of the roof, he said, are counted in more than 500 and the partial ones exceed 1 080. At the same time, solutions have been found to find shelter to those who lost their houses completely, from premises that are currently being adapted and others that were unused.

The Minister of Domestic Trade, Betsy Diaz Velazquez, said that up to Monday 412 people had purchased construction materials in the sales points set up in the neighborhoods, a figure that should be increasing as they have been delivered more than 1 600 technical files to obtain them. She confirmed that there are water tanks to replace the ones destroyed, which are been moved towards the communities.

Donations have continued to be organized, explained Reynaldo Garcia Zapata, president of the government in the capital, who acknowledged that in the early days there was confusion with this issue. Two warehouses in the province and ten in the most affected popular councils have been set up to store what people continue to deliver them.

To the collection and delivery of these resources have been added the mass organizations such as the FMC, the CDR and the CTC, he said.

In this regard, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, said that they continue to receive offers of donations from embassies, NGOs and businesses.

Among the issues that require more attention at this stage of recovery was considered the functioning of the offices of procedures to acquire construction materials. The Minister of Finance and Prices, Meisi Bolaños Weiss, said that the number of people who are attending exceeds the capacity of these premises and the number of specialists working on this.

She explained that decisions are already being made to multiply the number of offices in the municipalities, look for more suitable premises and strengthen the staff who is working in it.

It was ratified in the meeting that the electric service has been re-established and now the affects that may remain in specific places of the communities are attended to.

Regarding the re-establishment of communications in areas damaged by strong winds, the Minister of the sector, Jorge Luis Perdomo Di-Lella, explained that in Guanabacoa, Regla and Cerro the effects have been considerably reduced; the greatest complications remain in the municipality of Diez Octubre with 1,400 services still interrupted.

He commented that the work has been arduous, of detail and in some places it has been necessary to change all the wiring, which will even allow to open new capacities. He also notified that by the end of the week, the shortwave transmission tower, which was also demolished by the meteorological event, must be completely restored.

The water supply through the networks remains stable and is working in about thirty buildings to replace damaged tanks and their hydraulic facilities, confirmed Antonio Rodriguez Rodriguez Rodriguez, President of INRH.

Sanitation work continues uninterruptedly, said the President of the government in Havana, and to date had collected more than 200,000 cubic meters of debris, with an average of 35,000 daily. The work has become more complex with the collection of fallen trees, numbering more than 1,600 in the entire devastated area.

The First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers said that after the restoration of basic services in the damaged areas, a more prolonged and complex recovery stage begins, during which it is necessary to continue giving timely information to the population so that the confidence that the problems will be solved prevails, since we have the resources to do so, he said.

More progress will be made as we become more organized, said Valdés Mesa, who highlighted the values of solidarity and unity that have prevailed among Cubans during the hard times experienced after the tornado.

He also called for closer relations between all the factors of the community, such as the CDRs, the FMC, the Combatants Association, so that together with the delegate from each constituency, we can move forward with the recovery of Havana.

 

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