Mundo 09-10-2018

Cuban Government evaluates measures adopted in the west of the country in the current climate

The Cuban President, accompanied by vice presidents, ministers and other leaders, exchanged with the highest authorities of the Party and the Government of the territories where the greatest effects associated with Hurricane Michael are expected.

Given the danger posed by the rains associated with Hurricane Michael for the west of the country, on Monday night the Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, together with vice presidents, ministers and other leaders, established communication through a videoconference with the highest authorities of the Party and the Government of the five provinces most threatened by the climatological event, as well as by telephone with those of the special municipality Isla de la Juventud.

During the exchange, it was learned that all the provinces have adopted the measures corresponding to the phase in which they are located. In general, the population living in flood prone areas and the economic resources existing in them have been well protected.

Major General Ramón Pardo Guerra, Chief of the National Civil Defense Staff, made an update on the weather.

From Pinar del Río it was pointed out that in the face of possible flooding more than 300 people had already been evacuated, mainly in neighbors' or family homes. Part of the province was without electricity and several trees were counted on the power line, as well as some damage to the roof of houses.

The greatest attention - it was emphasized - is placed in the municipalities of Sandino and San Juan y Martínez, as well as some localities in the south of the province, where the areas most vulnerable to flooding due to penetrations from the sea are located.

In the case of Artemisa it was specified that until now the rains had not been significant. As explained, the greatest incidents are foreseen in relation to generators depending on the economy, especially those dedicated to aqueducts, although measures are adopted to minimize the risks. Particularly in the areas of Playa de Majana and the towns of Cajío and Guanímar, prone to coastal flooding, it was pointed out that people are already being evacuated.

On Havana, it was specified that from the weekend to date, about 71,000 cubic meters of solid waste have been collected, mainly in sewage and drainage areas; Special attention has been placed in the areas of the Malecon, Santa Fe, Havana Center and Old Havana.

In the same way, brigades for shoring of buildings have been reinforced and the teams responsible for this activity are fully activated.

From Mayabeque it was learned that the province remained calm, where 102 micro-dams were relieving, but none of them represented danger to the population downstream from them.

From Matanzas it was reported that the reservoirs were at 65% filling. It was also explained that the actions are specified in case the evacuation of the more than

17,000 clients hosted in the tourist centers is necessary.

In a telephone conversation with the main authorities of the special municipality Isla de la Juventud, it was learned that the wind had begun to slow down and that the situation was under control. The greatest impact was recorded in 16 homes.

Alejandro Gil Fernández, Minister of Economy and Planning, said that the basic resources are available to respond to possible damage to housing. In the case of fuel, he said, there should be no difficulties for the planned distribution in case of exceptional situations. Likewise, the availability of flour is monitored, basically for bread making.

The president of the Institute of Hydraulic Resources, Antonio Rodríguez Rodríguez, said that of the 85 dams that are counted in general only 37 are pouring, although they are constantly monitored.

To keep all the necessary vigilance and comply with the established measures called the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez.

Nobody trust, "he insisted," Michael is an organism that has been organized in the last hours and in some places we have saturation of the mantle.

GRANMA