Cuba Builds Homes for People Affected by Tornado
Quartz 01/29/19Feb 3 (Prensa Latina)
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The construction of houses for the people affected in Havana by a tornado on January 27 started on Saturday, official sources reported on Sunday.
According to a summary of the Council of Ministers meeting held on Saturday to follow up on the recovery from the meteorological event, works began in several places in the Cuban capital, while the assessment of damages in houses continues, one week after the tornado today.
During the meeting chaired by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Construction Minister Rene Mesa said that of 3,513 houses damaged so far, the technical data for 2,873 was prepared. According to Mesa, this survey is fundamental for the acquisition of materials for reconstruction. Diaz-Canel insisted on the need that the procedure offices for the purchase of construction materials work with quality and urgency.
Energy and Mines Minister Raul Garcia reported that the power service was practically restored, and only some cases remain without electricity and they will solved in the coming hours.
In the case of telephone services, Communications Minister Jorge Luis Perdomo said at the meeting of the Council of Ministers that 65 percent of land lines had been restored.
Diaz-Canel repeated his call to maintain permanent contacts with the people affected by the tornado, in order to explain the progress of the recovery and listen to their problems.Read the Whole Article HereIFCO’s Executive Director, Gail Walker, was in Cuba when the recent tornado struck the island — and afterward. 
I witnessed the way the Cuban people across the island reached out to help. I visited with some of the ELAM students who helped with the cleanup.  Unlike in Puerto Rico, I saw how the Cuban government worked feverishly to restore electricity in the hardest hit areas within days of the disaster. I saw Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel’s daily visits to those impacted by the tornado helping to restore calm and confidence. 
Working with the Cuban Council of Churches and the Martin Luther King Center, IFCO/Pastors for Peace is committed to helping and has already begun collecting funds to help with the rebuilding. Cuba has helped many nations when disaster has struck. Now it’s our turn to stand with our Cuban family. We encourage you to join us and to be generous.
Click here to send aid to help the rebuilding.Cuba begins receiving int’l aidafter strong tornadoXinhua February 04, 2019
International aid began arriving in Cuba in the wake of a deadly tornado that caused serious losses in Havana a week ago, a government official said Saturday.
“The first international donations are already in Cuba,” Rodrigo Malmierca, minister of Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment, said in a Twitter post.Read the rest