Enrique Carrillo, Cubanacán Press
Jorge Ramon Castillo, ICDPRESS
Ibrahim Dionisio Rodríguez, Cubanacán Press
1. Areas of Placetas without power for 13 days
La Vigía district of Placetas has been without power for 13 days since the electric transformer burned out.
Residents say they have asked that repairs be made, but the Electric
Company alleges they have no transportation to move the needed equipment.
La Vigía residents say they collected four pesos per family to have the
“This is a shame; this sort of thing didn’t happen before”, said an elderly woman who has had to put up with the prolonged blackout.
The problem of lack of transportation and means to repair transformers
and other equipment is a recurrent one for the Electric Company.
2. Food scarcity becoming critical in Granma province
The 25,000 residents of Campechuela, in easternmost Granma province, are facing food shortages approaching the critical point as a result of the prolonged drought affecting the region.
The one local market, operated by the government, gets one shipment per
week of produce, and every Saturday, market day, long lines form before
dawn of consumers who hope to buy their allotment of two kilograms of
each product available.
Sometimes, fights break out. Last week, one woman punched out another
who tried to buy plantains before her without having waited her turn in
line. Often, more than half of those waiting come out empty-handed.
Residents despair of a ready solution to the problem. They say government authorities have sounded the alarm, but give no clue to the possible solutions.
3. Residents protest water leaks in Caibarien
A number of Caibarien residents have been complaining to government authorities about the continuous water leaks in their neighborhood, to no avail, they say.
María Caridad Noa said residents have complained directly to the municipal waterworks. Water department workers have been digging in the streets, she said, but have not solved the problems, she said.
The leaks cause dangerous conditions in the streets, she said. Several
passersby have slipped as a result of the puddles.
The problem is not unique to one area. In several places around town,
the same problems occur, in spite of the continuing drought affecting the region.