Artemisa shows progress in the recovery of the damages caused by Hurricane Ian, especially in the electricity service, which allows stabilizing the water supply, although it must intensify the work in Bahía Honda, the most delayed municipality.
During the Provincial Defense Council (CDP) held on Tuesday, it was reported that of the 201,852 customers of the Electricity Company, 6,147 were affected by the storm, 96.95 percent have service, but Bahía Honda was at 69.48 percent.
The challenge of this northern locality is great, since it has only recovered 74 electric poles out of the 208 downed and is working to restore the service in thirteen communities, according to the meeting.
Inés María Chapman Waugh, Deputy Prime Minister of the country, said that in a tour of Bahía Honda together with Ricardo Concepción Rodríguez, Governor of Artemisa, a better situation in El Morrillo could be appreciated, thanks to the support of many organizations.
He emphasized that the locality received two emergency generators, one supplies electricity to two buildings (80 apartments), the medical office and the pharmacy, and another one will be installed this Wednesday to activate the ice plant and the cold chamber of the Fishing Business Unit (UEB).
Chapman emphasized the need to involve the population, which is somewhat passive, in the recovery efforts, as well as to establish an office to attend to the population, since there are many mothers with three or more children with housing problems that urgently need to be attended to.
She emphasized that the elementary school of El Morrillo has received several donations and is working on the repair of its roof.
During the meeting, it was reported that Hurricane Ian affected 354 homes in El Morrillo and totally destroyed 157, and the delivery of fiber cement roofing tiles to repair partial and total roof collapses has already begun.
According to Frank Hernández González, coordinator of the Government’s economic programs, 10,700 homes have been affected, 942 are total collapses, while resources such as fiber cement and zinc roof tiles, PP35 cement and bathroom kits have been commercialized through the Ministry of Domestic Commerce (Mincin).
Gladys Martínez Verdecia, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and president of the CDP, insisted on granting subsidies to vulnerable families in need and prioritizing their access to materials.