10 thoughts on “Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and further

  1. Monday 11th September 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    HURRICANE Irma hammered into the US’s Florida Keys yesterday as a category-four storm, having hit its full category-five status in battering Cuba’s north coast.

    It tore roofs off houses, smashed buildings and fl ooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba after devastating islands across the Caribbean in a trail of destruction that has left 22 people dead so far.

    There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba, which has a well-deserved reputation for disaster awareness and collective preparedness.

    Storm drains were cleared, trees pruned, rivers and streams monitored as public information was stepped up and food supplies assured.

    While Britain’s government drew fi erce criticism for its inadequate preparation for Irma’s assaults on British possessions and former colonies, Cuba despatched 750 medical personnel to Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Bahamas, Dominica and Haiti, confirming the socialist island’s internationalist credentials.

    The Cuban government warned that people should stay off the streets of Havana because fl ooding could continue in the capital into this morning.

    Civil defence officer Luis Angel Macareno said on Saturday night that the waters had reached about 600 yards inland in parts of Havana.

    As Irma rolled in, Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces co-ordinated evacuation arrangements, taking people to shelters at government buildings and schools.

    The Havana Provincial Defence Council met on Friday to review preparations and take reports on action taken to ensure food supplies, medical facilities and the safety of tourists.

    Council president Mercedes Lopez Acea urged all Havana residents to maintain discipline, act prudently and co-operate with authorities, in addition to complying with civil defence instructions in a responsible fashion and as quickly as possible.

    National civil defence head General Ramon Pardo Guerra emphasised the importance of evaluating losses to determine the areas most affected and to begin work as soon as possible once the recovery phase begins.

    The defence council deployed 85 trucks and 44 tractors to work on the sanitisation of the city, concentrating on municipalities closest to the coastline.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-6498-Cuba-fights-to-cope-with-Irmas-might#.WbbBisZpwdU

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