When the hurricane swept across the Caribbean, some 1.5 million people, including 17,000 tourists, had to be evacuated from the danger zones on Cuba. Eight people died, over 46,000 houses were destroyed and more than 6,000 people lost their entire belongings. Together with its partner organisation ACPA, German Agro Action is providing victims with water tanks, corrugated iron roofs and repair materials such as cement and construction steel.
Hurricanes repeatedly cause extensive damage on Cuba. In the past few years, German Agro Action has erected 40 plastic greenhouses in Matanzas. As soon as the first storm warnings were issued, the plastic sheets were simply rolled up and the poles dismantled so that no damage occurred. Seedlings are now being cultivated here again for small-scale farmers.