Monday, April 19, 2010

Heavy Rains Cut Road Access to Towns in Eastern Cuba

Heavy Rains Cut Road Access to Towns in Eastern Cuba

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, Apr 19 (acn) Heavy rains that lasted some 20
hours caused rivers to burst their banks and cut road communications
among the towns scattered throughout the coast in Eastern Cuba, an
unprecedented event according to locals.

Cuban News Agency

The head of the Risk Reducing Management Center, Julio Hopkins, told ACN
news agency that the water accumulated in the nearby Sierra Maestra
mountain range descended with such force that knocked down the El
Peladero bridge, when two of the center collapsed.

Road traffic was stopped in this area, and until the waters recede they
will not be able to assess the damages, said Hopkins.

This situation prevents the inhabitants of towns such as Limoncito, La
Mula, La Plata, La Magdalena and El Macho from reaching the municipal
main locality.

Reports from damages in the Uvero town, which the river crossed around
midnight on Sunday, were issued by the Civil Defense, along the
evacuation of 82 people.

A similar event took place in the municipal main town, where the Guama
river flooded the milk processing factory, and ice making facility, as
well as housing facilities causing over a hundred people to evacuate to
safer areas.

In 2008 and 2009, the sea waters penetrated in the Chivirico area, also
cutting road communications with Santiago de Cuba city, but to a lesser

The Civil Defense reports no human losses.

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