From our Bureau of Socialist Compassion and Efficiency
Wow. Thousands of Cubans who lost their homes to Hurricane Ian will remain homeless in the foreseeable future, due to a very slow rebuilding program.
And you know –for sure — that if Castro, Inc. says it will take five years to rebuild all those homes, the sad truth is that it will take two or three times longer than that. Even worse, given its track record, Castro, Inc. will probably only rebuild a small percentage of the damaged dwellings.
Welcome to socialist paradise.
Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba
The inhabitants of Pinar del Río who lost their homes six months ago during the scourge of Hurricane Ian in the western region of Cuba will have to wait at least five years to have a home again, warned the director of Housing in that territory.
Andrés Martín Carmona, the provincial director of that state entity, told the official newspaper Granma that the objective is to finish, during 2023, solving the partial and total collapse of the roof, as well as building some 2,000 new houses.
Then, in 2024, the State would focus on the rest of the more than 18,000 total collapses caused by the storm by the end of September 2022.
“This would imply building around 4,000 homes per year, to be finished in five years, if there is no other meteorological event that makes us go back,” warned the official.
Martín Carmona did not clarify for the report what type of housing the new buildings would be. This, after the official press and Miguel Díaz-Canel, who visited the affected territory on several occasions after the disaster, but who has not returned to those areas for months, celebrated the neighborhoods of wooden houses with zinc roofs and bathrooms abroad that some families received to replace the homes they lost.
According to Granma, Ian’s winds affected more than 102,000 homes in Pinar del Río, especially in the agricultural municipalities where most of the tobacco that Cuba exports is grown. But, the report states, “tens of thousands of victims throughout Pinar del Río remain waiting for some solution.”