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The Need

Cuba was been hit with 3 severe hurricanes during the season. The effects of these hurricanes have been more devastating than any other natural disaster in Cuba's modern history. The following are some preliminary estimates of the effects of hurricanes Gustave and Ike:

  • Over 320,000 houses were damaged by the hurricanes.
  • 50% of houses in Holguin have been irreparably damaged, 80% of houses in Banes have been destroyed. In Nuevitas, Camaguey, at least 15% of the hotels were damaged.
  • 70% of the agricultural production in Villa Clara was destroyed.
  • Over 2 million Cubans have been displaced by the storms.
  • The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported estimates of damage between $3-$4 billion USD.
  • Cuba’s health care infrastructure is severely damaged: in Isla de la Juventud, the general hospital, "Héroes de Baire," which serves 87,000 people, is not functional. "Comandante Pinares," a hospital in the municipality of San Cristobal, serving 200,000 people, has been severely damaged.
  • In Isla de la Juventud, "4,500 posts are reported down, 530 transformers damaged, 5,000 street lights destroyed and 38,700 electrical isolators and 800 tons worth of conductors are beyond repair." In Pinar del Rio, 55 km of the primary and secondary electrical network were severely damaged.
  • In Pinar del Rio, over 25,900 metric tons of agricultural crops were lost, and another 1,184 damage d. 13,070 hectares of root vegetables, 2,931 hectares of grains, and 543 hectares of fruits and 3,306 tobacco houses have been destroyed.