The United States Department of State announced on Tuesday that it will provide humanitarian aid of 2 million dollars to the “needy in Cuba” who were affected by the passage of Hurricane Ian last September.
In a release signed by the institution’s spokesman, Ned Price, it was reported that the United States will send aid, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to “international partners that work directly with Cubans whose communities were devastated by the cyclone.
“We are currently reviewing requests from organizations such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to provide this assistance,” the statement details.
The US authorities announced that they will continue “monitoring and evaluating the humanitarian needs” of Cubans in coordination with organizations and the international community. “We will continue to look for ways to provide meaningful support to the people of Cuba, consistent with US laws and regulations.”
“We will continue to look for ways to provide meaningful support to the people of Cuba, in accordance with US laws and regulations”
At the beginning of last October, it was learned that the Island Government had sent a request for urgent help to the Joe Biden Administration, after the crisis caused by Ian, according to an article published In the diary The Wall Street Journal.
At that time it transpired that after an exchange of emails between the two governments, Havana had not requested a specific amount of money, so Washington was still evaluating the extent of the damage, although no formal request had been registered from the island.
A few hours after the article was published in the American newspaper, the Cuban government confirmed that it had contacts with the United States in relation to the material damage suffered by Hurricane Ian.
“The governments of Cuba and the United States have exchanged information on the considerable damage and unfortunate losses caused by Hurricane Ian in both countries,” the Cuban Foreign Ministry said on the social network Twitter.
Hurricane Ian crossed the western end of Cuba from south to north on September 27, with intense rains and winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour, leaving five dead and considerable material damage.
Due to issues not fully clarified, the passage of the hurricane generated a complete blackout on the island, damaging some 200,000 homes and causing serious damage to crops and infrastructure.
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