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16 Oct 2018 description

In Numbers

42.5 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 12.7 m total requirements

20, 215 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP is supporting national priorities to enhance the sustainability of social safety nets for vulnerable groups (children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly), providing regular and specialised nutritious foods.

10 Oct 2018 description

The situation

On 5 October 2018, a low-pressure system developed over Central America and began inundating the region with heavy rainfall. The low-pressure system later converted into Hurricane Michael, which is now threatening the southern coastal regions of the United States of America.

08 Oct 2018 description
infographic Pacific Disaster Center

NWS Summary: At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Michael was located near latitude 21.2 North, longitude 84.9 West. Michael is moving toward the north near 7 mph (11 km/h). A northward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move northward near the western tip of Cuba this afternoon and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by tonight.

08 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

The rains from Tropical Storm Michael are pummeling the Cuban provinces of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth, as well as the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche, including Cozumel.

Michael is moving with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Michael will move over the Yucatan Channel on Monday and the across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Tuesday night.

The center warned Michael's rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in Cuba's mountainous terrain.

19 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

91 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 12.7 m total requirements

27,000 people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP is supporting national priorities to enhance the sustainability of social safety nets for vulnerable groups (children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly), providing regular and specialised nutritious foods.

15 Sep 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Patricia Grogg

HAVANA, Sep 15 2018 (IPS) - If you enjoy a good daily shower and water comes out every time you turn on the taps in your home, you should feel privileged. There are places in the world where this vital resource for life is becoming scarcer by the day and the forecasts for the future are grim.

A study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which covers the period 2003-2013, shows that the world’s largest underground aquifers are being depleted at an alarming rate as a result of more water being withdrawn than can be replenished.

07 Sep 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ivet González

HAVANA, Sep 7 2018 (IPS) - Eastern Cuba has suffered drought since time immemorial. But the western and central regions of the island used to be almost free of the phenomenon, until the latest drought that plagued this country between 2014 and 2017.

“For the first time drought is seen as a major threat, due to the magnitude of the economic impacts it caused,” agronomist Loexys Rodríguez, who in the eastern city of Guantánamo promotes and carries out research on resilience in the productive sector in the face of drought, told IPS.

03 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Cuba

El elemento más importante para el territorio cubano es la evolución de las áreas de nublados y lluvias que acompañan a este ciclón tropical, las que afectarán la región occidental y central de Cuba, y serán fuertes e intensas en algunas localidades

La tormenta tropical Gordon se formó en el estrecho de la Florida durante esta madrugada, con vientos máximos sostenidos de 75 kilómetros por hora y rachas superiores, informó este lunes el Instituto de Meteorología de Cuba (Insmet).

24 Aug 2018 description

In Numbers

682,87 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 12.7 m total requirements

252,367 people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP assisted the populations affected by Hurricane Irma in Central Cuba with rice, beans and vegetable oil. The operation has finalised and reached 169,841 people. WFP also supported local authorities with mobile storage units, pallets and lightning equipment to strengthen food-handling capacities.

23 Jul 2018 description

La intervención, financiada por España y el Gobierno de Cuba, ha mejorado el acceso a agua para 48.000 personas y proporcionado saneamiento a 37.000

11 Jul 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Ivet González

LA HABANA, 11 jul 2018 (IPS) - En el este de Cuba las sequías constituyen un desastre natural sufrido desde tiempos inmemoriales, pero en las regiones del oeste y el centro de la isla solían vivir casi ajenas a esta anomalía climatológica… hasta la última que padeció el país entre 2014 y 2017.

11 Jul 2018 description
report Government of Cuba

La puesta en marcha de tres modernas desalinizadoras en el municipio de Guamá constituye una gran fortaleza para enfrentar venideros períodos de sequía

SANTIAGO DE CUBA.— Con la próxima puesta en marcha de tres modernas desalinizadoras en el costero municipio de Guamá, el inicio de la ejecución de otra que beneficiará a la termoeléctrica Antonio Maceo y el funcionamiento estable de la planta de Boca de Cabañas, la mayor de su tipo en el país, esta oriental provincia se ratifica como un laboratorio para la desalinización de agua salobre en el país.

10 Jul 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ivet González

MAISÍ, Cuba, Jul 9 2018 (IPS) - Strong winds agitate the sea that crashes over Punta de Maisí, the most extreme point in eastern Cuba, where no building stands on the coast made up of rocky areas intermingled with vegetation and with sandy areas where people can swim and sunbathe.

09 Jul 2018 description
report Government of Cuba

El Presidente cubano distinguió la constancia y cultura con la cual se está trabajando en las obras por el bicentenario de la Perla del Sur, en 2019; así como la recuperación de instalaciones emblemáticas locales

30 Jun 2018 description

In Numbers

160 mt* of food assistance distributed

USD 12.71m total requirements

116,000* people assisted

Operational Updates

• WFP is assisting populations affected by Hurricane Irma in Central Cuba with rice, beans and vegetable oil. Distribution to the affected populations is finalising. WFP also supported local authorities through the provision of mobile storage units, pallets and lightning equipment to strengthen food-handling capacities.

28 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Patricia Grogg

LA HABANA, 27 jun 2018 (IPS) - Si disfruta diariamente de un buen baño y cada vez que abre los grifos de su hogar sale agua, comience a sentirse privilegiado. Hay lugares en el mundo donde ese recurso vital para la vida de las personas y del planeta se torna día a día más escaso y las previsiones para el futuro son dramáticas.

27 Jun 2018 description
report Government of Cuba

Así lo aseguró Díaz-Canel Bermúdez durante la reunión de chequeo para dar seguimiento a la recuperación de las afectaciones

La respuesta a los daños ocasionados por la tormenta subtropical Alberto ha sido rápida y la recuperación en las provincias afectadas avanza, valoró el Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, durante una videoconferencia realizada recientemente.

13 Jun 2018 description
report Government of Cuba

Así se comprobó durante un nuevo intercambio del Presidente cubano con las autoridades del Partido y el Gobierno de los territorios afectados