Heavy rains cause at least 26 building collapses in Havana, Cuba

The criminal neglect of the communist Castro dictatorship has left buildings in Cuba without maintenance or repairs for the past 65 years, turning them into death traps anytime it rains. Heavy rains in Havana over the past few days have led to the total collapse of at least 26 buildings, exasperating the already miserable life Cubans are forced to live. With most of the government’s resources diverted to building apartheid resorts and hotels for foreign tourists, Cubans must are left to fend for themselves in crumbling structures. This is socialism in action.

Via CubaNet (my translation):

At least 26 total building collapses in Havana after heavy rains

At least 26 residences collapsed in Havana as a result of persistent heavy rains and severe local storms in the area.

According to state-run media, in a preliminary assessment of the damage caused by the weather event, in addition to the 26 total collapses, 148 households were relocated to state centers, and 762 citizens self-evacuated to the homes of relatives and friends.

Severe local storms in western Cuba caused flooding and affected over 270,000 people’s access to electricity, as reported by the press.

Among the most affected municipalities are Boyeros, 10 de Octubre, Cotorro, San Miguel del Padrón, Arroyo Naranjo, La Lisa, and Cerro.

In total, Cuban authorities report 78 affected electrical circuits, with 36 of them already restored.

The weather event occurs amidst an extratropical low developing in the northeast Gulf of Mexico, moving towards northern Florida and the southeastern United States. Some areas experienced over 12 inches of rainfall in 24 hours.

On Saturday morning in Pinar del Río, Havana, Mayabeque, Artemisa, and Matanzas, tens of thousands of people were still without electricity.

In the capital, around 20 brigades from five provinces came to assist in restoring electricity service.

On Friday, hailstorms caused havoc in various locations in western Cuba, specifically in the municipalities of Artemisa and Havana.

According to the state-run website Cubadebate, between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. on Friday, hail fell in Bahía Honda, Guanajay, Quiebra Hacha (Mariel), Bauta, and several municipalities of Havana.

Boyeros, La Lisa, and Arroyo Naranjo suffered the most significant damage.

In recent days, the Cuban Meteorological Institute forecasted a high probability of rain and thunderstorms for this weekend.

For Saturday, they indicated that the western region could experience heavy rain, showers, and intense thunderstorms, but these would diminish by nightfall.

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