The tobacco disaster in the municipality of San Juan y Martínez, in Pinar del Río, leaves alarming figures. As of Wednesday, 151 of the 155 deposits in Tabacuba had total collapses. In them, the leaf that is grown in the town is stored, considered the mecca of tobacco in the world, and that serves as raw material for the production of cigars.
“As of the 20th of this month, 4,110 tons of tobacco had been stockpiled. Another 157 were in the hands of the 67 producers and the current state of that harvest is not exactly known,” Yosvany López González, head of the position of the analysis directorate of Tabacuba in San Juan y Martínez.
The official explained that in the Tabacuba warehouses there was a total of 5,681 tons, including those from this year, last season, in the production process, and the finished one. To them are added 152 tons of the Rama Company.
Of 27 warehouses that were reviewed, 15 are completely destroyed, seven have damaged roofs and two have partial collapses.
Of 27 warehouses that were inspected, 15 are completely destroyed, seven have damaged roofs and two have partial collapses. In addition, the 38 healing houses in the town are on the ground and, of the 28 healing chambers, half completely collapsed and the other half partially. There are also five fermentation chambers in San Juan y Martínez to improve dry tobacco: all of them have had their roofs destroyed.
More numbers for the horror. Of the 1,792 priest houses that belong to producers, 1,739 collapsed and the 8,400 plots of the population have been lost
“You have to cover as much as possible and move the tobacco that works there,” said the official, who has prioritized rescuing the product as soon as possible.
Added to the tobacco disaster is the general state of the province, whose damage was assessed this Thursday in a meeting in which he was alerted that 100% is without electrical service, except for the generator sets. The Cuban Electric Union (UNE) already has at least 520 workers in Pinar del Río who have arrived from different areas of the island to support the reconstruction of the lines.
The linemen (CURS) of Cienfuegos are working on the repair of the two damaged circuits in the well near La Coloma, which is not working like many others due to the lack of electricity. Those who arrived from Sancti Spíritus, for their part, continue with the breakdowns at the Abel Santamaría Cuadrado and León Cuervo Rubio hospitals. In addition, other arrivals from Villa Clara work on the link between Consolación del Sur and the Paso Real substation, in Los Palacios.
At the meeting it was also reported that the generator sets would be used to supply polyclinics, hospitals, wells and bakeries, in addition to carrying trucks, known as pipes, to distribute water among the population.
The list of damage is endless in the province, which received Hurricane Ian this Tuesday at 3:30 a.m. with winds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour. Until yesterday afternoon, almost 2,953 people were still evacuated, most of them in the homes of family and friends, except for 778 who are in state centers.
Schools and health centers have also suffered. There are 425 educational facilities affected, of which 396 schools. The official press affirms that the provincial directorate of Education is one of the most affected, along with nine municipal directorates, eight municipal warehouses, six “palaces” of pioneers and five camps.
164 commercial units have total roof collapses, 136 have partial collapses, 18 were completely destroyed and 19 show landslides in doors and windows
Medical offices and polyclinics in all municipalities have suffered damage, in addition to other losses in the Hospital Tercer Congreso and a home for the elderly.
164 business units have total roof collapses, 136 have partial collapses, 18 were completely destroyed, and 19 show loosening of doors and windows. In addition, the wall of the Corojo pool, in San Luis, fell completely and there is damage to seven funeral homes, two crown factories, two dining rooms and three cemeteries.
Communications with Pinar del Río are almost impossible. From the Editorial Office 14ymedio Attempts have been made to contact collaborators in the province via mobile and fixed telephony without success to date. However, users on social networks warn that the images shown by the official press do not reflect the extent of the disaster in the area.
Relatives of residents of La Coloma have been asking for more information about the real scope of the tragedy for days and assure that the videos broadcast by Tele Pinar are scarce compared to the rubble and people with flooded homes reported by their relatives.
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