Restoration of Water Supply Benefits 25,000 Cubans Affected by Irma

Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) More than 25,000 residents in this central Cuban city benefit today from the restoration of the pipeline that supplies water to the southern part of the city, interrupted after Hurricane Irma hit the country.

This way, the service was restored in the Popular Councils of Colón and Jesús María, two of the largest in Sancti Spírtus, located 360 kilometers east of Havana, after the flood of the Yayabo River caused the collapse of the pipeline.

Maydeé Ponce de León, a specialist with the Provincial Aqueduct and Sewer Company, explained to the press that the pipeline was almost a century old and was damaged by the push of water during the heavy rains caused by the meteorological phenomenon.

After several days of work, the new 400-millimeter-wide pipeline began pumping on Sunday. It was installed with a safer route above the emblematic Yayabo River that runs through the city.

Other important actions to restore the water service in the province of Sancti Spíritus are concentrated in the cities of Trinidad and Yaguajay, in the south and north of the territory, respectively, where significant damage was reported.

Irma, a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, caused severe damage in central western Cuba where it hit with strong winds and heavy rains on September 8 and 9.

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