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500,000 Cubans still without electricity in Cuba

Posted September 28, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Cuba Allots More Hurricane Relief

Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban government is alloting more relief aid to hurricane-blasted areas, including electrical generators.

Small settlements in Pinar del Rio, Las Tunas and the Isle of Youth special municipality are still without power since the passage of hurricanes Gustav and Ike in August and early Sep.

Pinar del Rio will receive 20 generators, Las Tunas 48 and Isle of Youth 29.

Nevertheless, the situation is still tense since nearly half a million people are still without power.

Out of the 14 Cuban provinces only 10 has been able to restore their electrcity service, although solutions are not definite in all cases.

nm/abo/crc

PL-11

Member Comments

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On September 28, 2008, publisher wrote:

This is an unedited report from Prensa Latina which always has a positive spin on Cuban events and news.

So, if this is the most positive news they can post then how bad are things really?

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On September 29, 2008, Cubana wrote:

My wife has relatives in Camagüey and they are still without electricity as of Friday.

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On September 29, 2008, publisher wrote:

Very sad. Camaguey city or province?

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On September 30, 2008, Cubana wrote:

The city of Camagüey.

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On October 01, 2008, MiamiCuban wrote:

People in Texas are still without electricity, and many with little or no hope of recuperating their losses, so why exactly are we supposed to be shocked that Cuba is still in recovery phase?  According to the article, “Out of the 14 Cuban provinces only 10 has been able to restore their electrcity service.” 

Only 10?  Are you kidding?

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On October 02, 2008, pipefitter wrote:

We also have family in Cuba, mostly in the holguin area. We were able to contact one of them by phone on the ninth of Sept. They lost a part of their tile roof on their house. They said the whole town of Felton was evacuated to the thermal electric plant (over 1600 people) until after the hurricane. The power on the main grid was back up in a few days, but the problem is with the loss of many street power poles and lines. We still only have telephone communication with the one family. We started to have “E mails” come in from the others on Sept 30th and have now corresponded with them all on the internet. They say that 60% of the people around there have power and water back now but most of the ones that don’t are out in the country were all the power poles are gone.I think they did a pretty good job of protecting peoples lives with only 4 people killed in all of Cuba,0ne Reportedly by a falling tree, one that would’nt leave their house, one electrocuted by touching power lines and can’t recall the other. How many were killed in the US and do they all have power yet?

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On October 02, 2008, publisher wrote:

At first I was going to thank you for giving us an update on the situation in Cuba but then I read the slam against the US.

Why do you feel the need to compare?

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On October 02, 2008, pipefitter wrote:

Sorry Publisher if I offended you, but it was not meant as a “slam” but as a question as I would like to know the answer

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On October 03, 2008, MiamiCuban wrote:

I don’t think anyone is “slamming” the U.S.  The problem is that when the finger is pointed at Cuba because two weeks after two major hurricanes they’re not fully recovered———one only need look at the situation with Katrina and the recent hurricanes in Texas to realize that it’s absurd to expect Cuba, with its limited resources, to have recovered QUICKER than the most powerful country in the planet.  It just makes it blatantly obvious that the finger-pointing at Cuba is only meant to ridicule and belittle and is not based on an honest assessment.

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On October 03, 2008, pipefitter wrote:

I agree that some people are too quick to critisize Cuba, Cuba doesn’t have much in the way of material or resources, not many factories that produce building materials etc. The only thing they do have is people that have compassion for their “vecinos” and will help them to get things back to something that resembles normality. It’s too bad they can’t buy material from the U.S. as they are so close to Florida. With the economic downturn in the U.S. and the need for material in Cuba it would be benificial to both countries. I think the embargo, from the U.S. standpoint, has not been a good thing since its inception. If you watch the news in South America you can see that things are changing quite rapidly and I hope that a new U.S. government will start to recognize this as the U.S. is isolating itself. Cuba has many more “amigos” now and it is about time the U.S.  started talking to them all and maybee realizing some other countries could possibly be trying to better the lives of their citizens with a different type of government.

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On October 07, 2008, rogdix wrote:

I’m sure many Americans are tired of being “slammed.” It’s too bad; they are victims of their own government, which habitually slams the rest of the world for misdemeanors and trespasses which it carries out with perfection itself.

Let’s separate the attitude of (most) Americans from the hubris of their government, - and all becomes reasonable again. The input that I (Canadian) have digested over the years is that most Cubans like American folks. Let’s try and keep it that way.

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On October 09, 2008, pipefitter wrote:

I think it’s the U.S. government that I “slam” as they are the ones dictating policy and thus are the culprits. I also am Canadian and I have family in the both the U.S. and Cuba so I can see things from both sides of the fence.
 
I like to watch the news on the “net” from around the world and it is realy amazing what is’nt reported on our media in north america.