Cuban Vice-President Highlights Recovery after Irma Hurricane

Matanzas, Cuba, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice-President Ramiro Valdés said today that the country is advancing in the recovery phase, after being severely affected by Hurricane Irma along the north coast of the country.

Valdes noted during a meeting here with journalists that great tasks are necessary as the atmospheric phenomenon damaged a large number of buildings, including workplaces, service units and health institutions.

He described the damage on housing as serious and, in that regard, he called for the proper use of resources and the local production of construction materials.

The Cuban State noted that it will cover 50 percent of the cost to be paid by the families affected by the hurricane to rebuild or building their totally or partially damaged homes.

Valdés visited this city, 100 kilometers east of Havana, where hard work is being done to start up the Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTE) Antonio Guiteras, whihc was seriously damaged.

Valdés, who was accompanied by top authorities in the province of Matanzas, also visited the damaged tourist destination Varadero.

In Cuba’s major coastal resort, authorities are working hard to completely restored the region before November 15, when the peak tourist season begins until April.

A total of 4,500 foreign tourists and 1,500 national vacationers are in Varadero on Monday, according to tourist sources.

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