The heavy rains that affect the western zone of Cuba flooded this Tuesday the Monte road, in the surroundings of the Cuatro Caminos market, in Central Havana, a zone in which the poor state of the sewage contributes to situations like these being the norm when the downpour is abundant.
The residents of Arroyo Naranjo also spread photos in which Manglar and Lindero streets were flooded, as were several arteries in the center of the capital. In Playa, some residents denounced the situation of roads such as 5th Avenue or 10th Street, which they described as “immense sea”.
The firefighters had to carry out several rescue operations in homes and vehicles and the fear is that in the next few hours there will be collapses in the precarious homes that abound in the capital.
“It is true that the rain was intense, but the state of the sewer system means that the material losses are much greater in Havana. This is a claim for years and years, but they do not do the cleaning and unclogging work,” said a Havanan in the official press. “This situation began in July 1972 and no attention was ever paid to it, that is, 51 years have passed,” she concludes.
The situation ended up being complicated by the lack of electricity that affected various areas of the city due to rain and discharges.
The situation ended up being complicated by the lack of electricity that affected various areas of the city due to rain and discharges. The Havana electricity company put the number of pending complaints in its system at 185 around midnight. According to this latest update, the municipalities with the most complaints were 10 de Octubre, Centro Habana and La Habana Vieja, Boyeros, Plaza and Playa, in that order.
In addition, during the early morning the linemen remained trying to repair a fault described as “complex” between 7th street and the Bacuranao highway, in Guanabacoa. The electric company emphasized that no cable is touched to avoid accidents that can be serious.
“The rains are the result of a line of storms associated with the trough that is located over the southeast of the Gulf of Mexico, which will continue moving towards the east and will continue to move slowly in the vicinity of the western region of Cuba in hours of the night and early morning,” said the Institute of Meteorology.
According to the statement, “the system in combination with the strong heating of the day and high humidity content, will be generating strong instability with a deterioration of the meteorological conditions, increasing the areas of showers, rains and electrical storms over the west, with rains that they can be strong and intense in some localities”.
In addition, instability is announced for the entire island. Camagüey has been one of the provinces most affected in recent days by this situation. The alert was activated on Friday, after several days of rain, for a working group to assess the multiple damages that have occurred to the homes, particularly to the roofs, with two total collapses and five partial ones, in addition to 34 damaged homes.
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