Response to Hurricane Irma: Cuba Situation Report No. 17 - Office of the Resident Coordinator (02/10/2017)

Report
from UN Country Team in Cuba
Published on 02 Oct 2017

This report is produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator. It covers the period from 14:00 hrs on September 28th to 12:00 hrs on October 2nd . The next report will be issued on 05/10/17.

Highlights

  • In Ciego de Ávila, Camagüey, Villa Clara, Holguín, Sancti Spíritus, Havana, Las Tunas, Matanzas, and Guantánamo, 11,689 people continue to receive government support of food and other essential items.

  • The National Defense Council issued a report on the damage caused by Hurricane Irma based on preliminary data provided by the National Statistics and Information Office.

  • The Provincial Defense Councils of Havana, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila, Camagüey, Las Tunas, and Holguín, as well as 57 Municipal Defense Councils in these territories, remain active.

158,554 houses damaged

980 health institutions affected

95,000 hectares of agricultural land damaged

+500 kilometers of roads damaged

Situation overview

The most affected provinces were Camagüey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spíritus, and Villa Clara. Other territories, such as Guantánamo, Holguín, Las Tunas, Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Mayabeque, and Havana, were also damaged by the hurricane.

Humanitarian aid received by the country for the people of the most affected territories continues to be transferred to Villa Clara, Ciego de Ávila, and Camagüey Provinces where it will be distributed free of charge. In Havana, the delivery of donations to victims of the hurricane continues.

In the impacted territories, the subsidized sale of basic necessities and building materials is being promoted. This is also the case in recovery and housing construction activities for people who lost their homes and properties in the hurricane as well as the provision of food and safe water.

Humanitarian Response

National Authorities

The Office of the Comptroller General will send trained auditors to accompany Defence Councils in the affected territories in controlling the distribution of materials and donations to victims in order to guarantee their rational and transparent use.

The Vice President of the Council of State and Ministers, Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, confirmed the recovery process of the Antonio Guiteras Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTE) is underway, after it was severely damaged by the hurricane and interrupted by further electric failures.

The Chief of the Western Strategic Region and the Task Force for Response and Recovery are assessing the damage caused by the hurricane to housing, green areas, heritage, and the Agricultural Sector in Havana and the rest of the country.

The Head of the Defense Council of the Central Strategic Region has reiterated the extent of the damage and necessary actions for the creation of temporary facilities for evacuated families in the Sagua la Grande and Isabela de Sagua Municipalities, among those most affected by the hurricane in Villa Clara Province.

The Minister of Finance and Prices, Lina Pedraza, and provincial authorities spoke to families whose homes were totally or partially destroyed by hurricane-force winds in the coastal town of Punta Alegre in the north of Ciego de Ávila, which was severely battered by Hurricane Irma.

International Cooperation

A new donation from the Venezuela to help the recovery process arrived at the Port of Carúpano in Las Tunas Province. The cargo includes eight trucks with concrete slabs and four containers containing doors and windows.

The first plane with humanitarian aid from China arrived in Cuba with materials for rebuilding, such as tents and electric power groups, and supplies for the victims, such as mattresses, blankets, water pumps, and lights, among others.

Mexico will send a brigade of specialists in electric power generation, distribution, and transmission to Cuba to mitigate the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.