Response to Hurricane Irma: Cuba Situation Report No. 14 - Office of the Resident Coordinator (22/09/2017)



  • Hundreds of people from the central provinces of the country remain seriously affected by the lack of basic services such as electric power, water supply, and telecommunications.

  • The Government of Cuba updated the procedures for assessing, certifying, and quantifying hurricane damage as well as for the delivery of resources to affected individuals and communities.

  • The number of public health institutions affected by the hurricane has risen to 1,026. In some hospitals, the severity of the damage has prevented the resumption of vital services, such as surgery and radiology.

  • Two hundred and eighty-seven cultural institutions were affected by Hurricane Irma. Among them are cultural centers, cinemas, and museums.

  • Hurricane Maria caused heavy rain and minor storm surges in Baracoa, Guantánamo Province, which was recently hit by Hurricane Irma and by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Situation overview

The scale and extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma complicates immediate solution to some fundamental recovery issues, such as housing rehabilitation and the restoration of water supply and electric power services, primarily in the most affected areas of the Central Region.

Considering the impacts to the livelihoods of those affected, priority is given to recovering damage to industries that produce ceilings, mattresses, kitchens, and cleaning products.

The assessment of the economic, social, and environmental damage caused by the hurricane continues. Marine and terrestrial species in the northern keys ecosystem in Villa Clara were highly affected. After the hurricane, experts warned about the eventual disappearance of the jutía rata, a mammal in critical danger of extinction, that is endemic only to Cayo Fragoso.