Intense rains leave nearly 300 landslides in western Cuba

Intense rains leave nearly 300 landslides in western Cuba

The formation of the tropical storm Alex has already left nearly 300 landslides with main effects in Havana, where 148 of these were reported until Saturday night, according to the newspaper Granma. There have also been at least 53 landslides in Pinar del Río, 32 in homes in Mayabeque, and another 47 in Artemisa.

This has caused the evacuation of more than 8,500 people, some 7,750 were located in the homes of their relatives and about 800 are in evacuation centers. There are also 321 affected by the interruption of the electrical service in Pinar del Río and more than 450 in Havana, in which there are four primary lines not working and five secondary. Meanwhile in Artemisa, there are about 116 clients without electricity.

This Sunday, the Minister of Economy Alejandro Gil pointed out that the main effects are on housing, agriculture and electricity, totaling some 750 houses affected and 3,200 hectares of tobacco, sweet potato, cucumber and pumpkin crops damaged. He also said that there are 158,000 customers affected by the power outage. The Minister of Energy and Mines Livan Nicolás Arronte affirmed that some 4,487 clients in Pinar del Río and Artemisa still do not have electricity.

The areas most affected by the landslides in the Havana territory are in La Polar, El Fanguito and El Pentón, all very poor neighborhoods with houses made of light materials.

Weather stations reported accumulations of more than 300 millimeters of water

So far two reports deceased in Havanaa 69-year-old man in Centro Habana, who died due to a landslide and another 54-year-old, drowned in Boyeros.

A third deceased was reported in Pinar del Río, where the lifeless body of a passerby was found near the ESPA in Reparto Diez de Octubre, who fell into the swollen stream on Friday morning and drowned. This is Yosvel Cabrera Álvarez, 44 years old. In this same town until Saturday night there was a missing citizen.

The intense rains have continued to cause flooding throughout western Cuba and the meteorological stations reported accumulations that exceeded 300 millimeters of water.

In the early hours of the morning, the authorities indicated the formation of the tropical storm Alex, which has winds of 80 kilometers per hour and was located 1,110 kilometers southwest of Bermuda. Despite the departure of the first cyclone of the hurricane season, the rains will continue to affect the Island.

For this Sunday, the rains are expected to be more intense in the mountainous areas and on the south coast. While in the west there will be cloudiness with some storms in the afternoon. In the eastern Cuban south, there will be abundant cloudiness and rain.

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