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Heavy rains leave 62 base stations out of service in western Cuba

MIAMI, United States. — The heavy rains that hit western Cuba between Friday and Saturday left 62 base stations out of service, reported the Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA).

A preliminary report released by the state company in official media indicates that the main damages were recorded in the provinces of Pinar del Río, Havana, Mayabeque and Artemisa.

The ETECSA note indicates that “the main problems in mobile services are caused by the damage to the electrical power due to heavy rains”, a situation that forced the interruption of the service of the 62 base stations.

In the case of fixed telephony, service interruptions have been reported in towns of Pinar del Río, Havana, Cienfuegos and Villa Clara.

“During the next few hours, new reports can be identified in other territories due to the accumulation of rain and its negative impact on cabinets and external cables,” added the telecommunications company.

ETECSA also reported severe damage to Wi-Fi zones in the Pinar del Río province that were affected by the rains.

In Pinar del Río, 1,840 interrupted fixed telephony services are reported, as well as five base stations and 12 WiFi zones out of service. Havana reports the temporary cut of 1,205 fixed telephony services and the interruption of 53 base stations. In Mayabeque and Artemisa, the effects on mobile services are caused by one and three base stations, respectively, that are out of service.

The damage is minor in the center of the Island: Cienfuegos reports 251 fixed telephony services out of order and an affected Wi-Fi zone, while in Villa Clara 206 clients temporarily lost their fixed telephony service and 25 Internet through mobile data. .

“Right now our workers are making tours of the towns. The restoration work is carried out in correspondence with the improvement of the weather conditions”, indicates the ETECSA statement.

Most of the western and central provinces of the country have been affected by the rains and floods caused by the low pressure zone that is advancing over southern Florida.

The effects are more serious in Havanawhere two victims, 111 landslides (109 partial and two total) and 23 areas affected by flooding are officially counted.

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