The recovery processes after the events that occurred at the Saratoga Hotel and the Matanzas Supertanker Base, the progress in resolving the damage caused by Hurricane Ian in the western provinces in September 2022 and the heavy rains in the region of east in June, checked this Saturday. morning of the country’s leadership.
The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and the member of the Political Bureau and Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, led the systematic videoconference they held on these political issues. and government authorities in the territories affected by such events.
Among many other damages to the economic and social situation, Hurricane Ian caused 103,559 damages to houses, including total and partial collapse and total and partial loss of roofs, in addition to thousands of thousands of other minor damage to the housing stock in the provinces of Pinar del Río and Artemisa —the worst hit—, Havana, Mayabeque, Matanzas and Isla de la Juventud Special Municipality.
In Pinar del Río, where Ian left damages of varying magnitude to more than a hundred thousand houses, recovery is at 51 percent. The rehabilitation of partially lost roofs reported 67 percent compliance, and those completely affected, 38 percent.
According to the governor of Vueltabajo, Eumelín González Sánchez, it is the intention that by the end of the year the damage to the roofs will be resolved, where the necessary materials will be received, such as asbestos-cement tiles, and other resources, and in continuing to reduce damage due to collapse, partial and total.
The same purpose is in Artemisa, according to information provided by its governor, Ricardo Concepción Rodríguez. In other provinces, there was almost no damage to homes due to Hurricane Ian.
Government authorities from Camagüey, Las Tunas, Holguín, Granma and Santiago de Cuba reported heavy rains in June 2023. The event left an initial balance of 961 damages to houses: 160 total collapses , 342 partial collapses, 181 roofs completely destroyed and 232 parts, and the damage of 46 type I houses, in addition to almost 2,000 minor damages.
At the end of October 27, solutions were reported for 732 houses: 20 total collapses, 261 partial collapses, 180 total roofs, 227 partial roofs and 44 type I damages. home In the province of Camaguey, 265 have been cured; in Holguin, 99; in Granma, 267, in Las Tunas, 48; and in Santiago de Cuba 53. In each territory, the work continues to correct the damage.
Yanetsy Terry Gutiérrez, governor of Granma, the province most affected by the hydrometeorological phenomenon, reported, among other issues, the recovery of 23 kilometers of roads of national interest, 73 kilometers of roads and 53 kilometers of embankments, and other infrastructure works.
In the systematic meeting of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister with the political and government authorities from a dozen provinces to examine the recovery of the damages caused by the events of 2022 and 2023, the compensation for the damages which was left in August was also reviewed. lastly due to the storm Idalia in the west of the country, and due to the recent tornado in Playa Baracoa, Artemisa.
The deputy prime ministers, Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, Inés María Chapman Waugh, Alejandro Gil Fernández and Jorge Luis Tapia Fonseca, as well as the heads of portfolios and other executives, participated in the exchange.
RECOVERY OF THE INDUSTRIAL AREA IN MATANZAS
The recovery work at the Matanzas supertanker base was the first point of the check. The works are progressing, said the head of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Vicente de la O Levy. Delays due to fuel limitations weeks ago have already begun to be discounted.
According to the report on the recovery works of the UEB Territorial Division of Fuel Marketing in Matanzas, projects and work are carried out on support systems, such as lightning rods, electrical and water systems, as well as investing in new conductor who executes. Resources Hydraulics, which will increase the supply of drinking water in the area.
The technical project for the supply through seawater desalination plants has also been completed, which, in addition to the traditional supply, will provide more security of service for the operation of the supertanker base and the Guiteras thermoelectric plant, among other facilities. accidents.
From the recovery of the Supertanker Base, it is known that of the 14 items of work, the work is done on the southern road, the construction of a tank and its facilities, the perimeter fencing, the completion of the interconnections of the supertanker area, waste and in tanks with ports, and other tasks.
Regarding the houses located in the so-called first risk circuit of the industrial zone, whose families were relocated, it is reported that 23 of them are already living in their new houses, only three of the larger centers remain, where the houses already available. is being built, with additional rooms.
Next year, it is planned to move the families to another 20 households that are in the so-called second risk circuit.
Regarding the Saratoga Hotel incident, where work continues to make the structures safe, priority is given to the rehabilitation of the adjacent residential building and the Baptist church, where supplies are secured.
It is reported that after ending, in February, the security of the neighborhood building, the reconstruction works will begin. According to the plans, the investment will be ready in May 2025, with an executive project discussed with the resident families, who are regularly informed about the progress of the work.
It is a complex task, which requires time, but the Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, emphasizes that it is a long time, which affects the lives of these people, so he shows to continue to care of these nuclei, which are inhabited. at the Pan-American Village.
He explained the need to follow up on the problems they face and pay attention to the boys’ education, transportation, medical care and other needs of daily life until they can finally return to their homes.
Regarding the Baptist Church, it is reported that the security of the building is at 95 percent. The work is scheduled to be completed in August 2025, including two houses in the area, whose conceptual projects are also discussed by its residents.