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Russia to finance UN-led hurricane relief programs in Cuba

Russia to finance UN-led hurricane relief programs in Cuba
February 8, 2017 TASS

Russia will finance UN-led relief efforts in Cuba, hit by the
devastating Hurricane Matthew last year, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“As part of participation in international efforts to clear the
aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Matthew that had hit Cuba, the
Russian government has decided to… Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew – Cuba Situation Report No. 18 Office of the Resident Coordinator (04.11.2016)

Response to Hurricane Matthew: Cuba Situation Report No. 18 Office of
the Resident Coordinator (04.11.2016)

REPORTfrom UN Country Team in Cuba Published on 04 Nov 2016

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reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/SitRep18a_EN.pdf

Highlights

• There is a preliminary report by the Consejo de Defensa de la
provincia de Guantánamo which evaluates the damages at 1,584 million
Cuban pesos (moneda nacional) caused… Continue reading

Cuba refuses US help after Hurricane Matthew ravages the east

Cuba refuses US help after Hurricane Matthew ravages the east
Harriet Alexander, new york
22 OCTOBER 2016 • 6:42PM

Cuba has turned down offers from the United States of assistance to
rebuild their country in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, in a sign that
the relationship between the Cold War foes remains frustratingly frosty.

Several US-based charities have said the… Continue reading

Parched Eastern Cuba could get some relief with water purificationplant

Parched Eastern Cuba could get some relief with water purification plant
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

Plans are underway to install a water purification plant in the remote
Cuban village of Corcovado in the eastern province of Granma.

H2OpenDoors, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that is part of Rotary
International’s global network of humanitarian projects, installs water
purification plants in rural communities… Continue reading

Rebuilding efforts underway in Eastern Cuba but U.S. hurricane aidrebuffed

Rebuilding efforts underway in Eastern Cuba but U.S. hurricane aid rebuffed
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

For many residents of Baracoa, the Cuban city hit hardest by Hurricane
Matthew, it could be a long time before life returns to normal.

Two weeks after the ferocious storm plowed across the eastern tip of the
island, schools were back in session and construction… Continue reading

Zero Victims in Cuba, at What Price?

Zero Victims in Cuba, at What Price? / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez

Cubanet.org, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 13 October 2016 – Several
reporters from international press agencies, in particular the AFP, have
recently highlighted the fact that in Cuba, in contrast with neighboring
countries like Haiti, Hurricane Matthew caused no loss of life in spite
of its extensive property damage.… Continue reading

Journalist Elaine Diaz Arrested In Baracoa While Reporting On Hurricane Matthew

Journalist Elaine Diaz Arrested In Baracoa While Reporting On Hurricane
Matthew / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 12 October 2016 — The journalist Elaine Diaz, director
of the independent media Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism),
was arrested Wednesday morning in Baracoa, Guantanamo province, while
covering the damage left by Hurricane Matthew. The reporter was
accompanied by several members of the editorial board… Continue reading

‘Artivism’ Institute Calls For Solidarity With Victims Of Matthew

‘Artivism’ Institute Calls For Solidarity With Victims Of Matthew / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 8 October 2016 — The Hanna Arendt Artivism Institute
(Instar), led by the artist Tania Bruguera, began operations in Cuba
with a call to “encourage solidarity, always latent in the Cuban people,
with those affected by Hurricane Matthew,” according to a note from the
organizers of the… Continue reading

Matthew and Oblivion Join Forces Against La Máquina in Guantanamo

Matthew and Oblivion Join Forces Against La Máquina in Guantanamo /
14ymedio, Yunier Reyes

14ymedio, Yunier Reyes, Baracoa, 7 October 2016 – “There is not a single
roof here that the wind didn’t take,” commented Jorge Luis, a villager
of La Máquina, one of the poorest areas of Cuba in the territory of
Maisí, Guantanamo. At roughly 900 feet above… Continue reading

Cuban Diaspora Organizes To Send Aid To Areas Affected By Hurricane Matthew

Cuban Diaspora Organizes To Send Aid To Areas Affected By Hurricane
Matthew / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 7 October 2016 — The devastation caused
by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa and in the east end of the island has
sparked a movement of solidarity from the Cubans who live in different
parts of the world. Hours after the… Continue reading

Raul Castro in Santiago de Cuba Because of Matthew

Raul Castro in Santiago de Cuba Because of Matthew? / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 6 October 2016 — Santiago de Cuba is, as Cuba’s
ruling class puts it, a big headache. Disasters and conflicts are music
to the ears of politicians. And a very destructive Hurricane Matthew
presented Raul Castro with an excellent opportunity to kill two birds… Continue reading

Residents of hurricane-ravaged eastern Cuba say they need help

Residents of hurricane-ravaged eastern Cuba say they need help
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Matthew’s winds had scarcely subsided in eastern Cuba Wednesday when
Msgr. Wilfredo Pino Estévez, bishop of the Diocese of
Guantánamo-Baracoa, set off at 5 a.m. to see what the hurricane had
wrought on Cuba’s northern coast.

Representatives of Caritas Guantánamo, a Catholic charitable
organization, accompanied him, but… Continue reading

WFP Cuba – Hurricane Matthew Situation Report #001

WFP Cuba – Hurricane Matthew Situation Report #001

REPORT from World Food Programme Published on 06 Oct 2016

Hurricane Matthew, category 4, hit eastern Cuba on Tuesday 04 October,
at 6:00 pm EDT.

Matthew was the most powerful hurricane in the region in over 9 years
(since Felix in 2007) and stronger than Sandy, which devastated Santiago
de Cuba in… Continue reading

Baracoa, The Face Of Disaster

Baracoa, The Face Of Disaster / 14ymedio, Yunier Reyes

14ymedio, Yunier Reyes, 6 October 2016 — Baracoa has taken a
pounding. Everywhere you look roofs have blown off and the residents are
trying to save any pieces of their homes that can be reused. They walk
over the mounds of bricks, climb over the bits of stairs that no longer… Continue reading

Your house or your life – Stark choices as Matthew hit Cuba

Your house or your life: Stark choices as Matthew hit Cuba
October 6, 2016

Guantanamo (Cuba) (AFP) – Cuban fisherman Heneydis Suarez probably saved
his and his family’s lives by seeking shelter in a neighbor’s house as
Hurricane Matthew pummeled the island Tuesday.

But that does not make it any easier to contemplate the empty plot that
used to be… Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew Clobbers Cuba – ‘Nothing Like This Has Ever Happened’

Hurricane Matthew Clobbers Cuba: ‘Nothing Like This Has Ever Happened’
Published:
Oct 6 2016 11:30 AM EDT
By Pam Wright

Story Highlights
Residents of Baracoa, Cuba, begin to dig out after Hurricane Matthew
destroyed dozens of homes.

While much of Cuba was spared the wrath of Hurricane Matthew, some areas
were devastated by flooding and storm surge.

Residents of Baracoa,… Continue reading

Thomas Cook evacuates 570 holidaymakers from Cuba as Hurricane Matthew flattens homes

Thomas Cook evacuates 570 holidaymakers from Cuba as Hurricane Matthew
flattens homes

Thomas Cook evacuated 570 guests from Cuba to Cayo Coco
Hurricane Matthew was expected to rip through the island
The fierce storm is now travelling north towards the Bahamas and Florida
By SADIE WHITELOCKS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 16:30 GMT, 5 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30 GMT, 5 October… Continue reading

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 3 October 2016 — At the same time that Hurricane
Matthew is setting off alarms throughout the island, especially in the
eastern part of the country, the wall of secrecy surrounding the Castro
family is starting to crack, allowing us to see… Continue reading

First Light of Dawn Finds Cuban city of Baracoa Desolated and in Ruins

First Light of Dawn Finds Cuban city of Baracoa Desolated and in Ruins /
14ymedio, Yunier Reyes

14ymedio, Yunier Reyes, Baracoa, Cuba, 5 October 2016 – A grief-stricken
Christopher Columbus – who first touched land in the Americas in this
place – observes the chaos that emerges with the first rays of the sun
in Barancoa. The sculpture of the… Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew causes extensive damage in eastern Cuba

Hurricane Matthew causes extensive damage in eastern Cuba
Published October 05, 2016 EFE

BARACOA – Hurricane Matthew caused extensive damage as it moved through
extreme eastern Cuba, destroying houses, causing partial building
collapses, toppling electric poles and washing out roads, leaving
several cities cut off from the outside world.

Officials, however, have not reported any casualties, thanks to the
strict… Continue reading

Eastern Cuba lashed by Matthew – collapsed homes, crumbling highways and more

Eastern Cuba lashed by Matthew: collapsed homes, crumbling highways and more
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

Residents of Baracoa on Cuba’s northeastern tip awoke to a world
transformed Wednesday: collapsed walls, pieces of roofing and household
goods littering the streets, downed electric wires hanging at crazy
angles and large trees leaning against buildings.

The city of approximately 82,000 people was the exit… Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew – Potential disaster looms in Haiti, eastern Cuba and Bahamas

Hurricane Matthew: Potential disaster looms in Haiti, eastern Cuba and
Bahamas
Andrew Freedman • October 3, 2016

UPDATE: Oct. 4, 2016, 8:05 a.m. EDT Hurricane Matthew made landfall at 7
a.m. EDT on Tuesday morning near Les Anglais, Haiti, according to the
National Hurricane Center. It crossed the coast packing maximum
sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, with an… Continue reading

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