October 9, 2016 7:03:21 CDT
BARACOA, Guantánamo.- This Saturday Army General Raul Castro Ruz, President of the National Defence Council, held a working meeting where ministers and other leaders present here, advised him in detail of the main actions that have been undertaken during the recovery stage after the passage of Hurricane Matthew.
During the meeting, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, who has remained in the east of the country since before the entry of Matthew into Cuban territory, was by registering and adopting a set of vital decisions for this period of recovery .
In Baracoa Raul found that the most significant damage was in the housing fund, for which the revolutionary government approved a set of measures to alleviate the losses of the victims.
During the meeting, the Army General was also accompanied by Army Corps General Ramón Espinosa Martín, deputy minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, and Lazaro Exposito Canto, president of the Provincial Defence Council of Santiago de Cuba. The latter transmitted to them the experiences in neighbouring Santiago de Cuba province after Hurricane Sandy.
In this regard, the Cuban president has assessed that each weather event leaves something that can be exploited as none is like another. "The essence of all these experiences should be collected in documents that elsewhere people are trained and serve as a consultation document," he reiterated.
According to Denny Legrá Azahares, president of the Provincial Defence Council in Guantanamo ratified that the preliminary assessment indicates that a significant percentage of housing in the municipalities of Baracoa and Maisi has been severely affected.
When performing a preliminary evaluation in each of the sectors taking part were the ministers of Transport, Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez; Construction René Mesa Villafaña; Energy and Mines, Alfredo Lopez Valdes; Domestic Trade, Mary Blanca Ortega Barredo; Agriculture, Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero; Communications, Maimir Mesa Ramos and Tourism, Manuel Marrero Cruz; as well as Ines Maria Chapman, president of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, and Jose Angel Portal Miranda, first deputy health minister.
After intense work in these municipalities, it emerged that communication has already been re-established by land with Maisi and Baracoa, and work continues in order to enable other access roads to them; also they are work all out to restore vitality to the electrical service.
It was learned also that they have managed to keep running the food processing centers in evacuation areas and prepare conditions in different popular councils to offer food to the population, as it is estimated that more than 85 percent of the trading network has been affected.
Raul commented on the benefit of rainfall for reservoirs, in the same way that the relevant decisions are taken to facilitate the transportation of drinking water to the areas affected by the lack of this liquid. He also spoke about the fundamental losses in agriculture.
Similarly, the status of other vital services for the population like communications, where serious damage occurred that are gradually being rehabilitated. In the case of tourism facilities, it was learned that all suffered some damage; and with respect to health it was noted that despite some incidents, it has not ceased to provide service to the population.
After the meeting, the Chairman of the National Defence Council considered that so far they have done a great job, both the leaders of the municipality and the province as well as national leaders who have been here from the start.
Translated by ESTI