13 seriously injured by the tornado at Havana.


Thirteen of the 195 people injured during the tornado that hit Havana almost a week ago are still in "serious condition", said Cuban health minister José Ángel Portal.

In total there are 26 wounded, "of which thirteen are in serious condition", the title told Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, in a meeting of the Council of Ministers, published today the state newspaper Granma.

Portal said that teams of psychologists and psychiatrists have strengthened medical care in the communities of the districts of Havana of Regla, Guanabacoa, Diez de Octubre, Habana del Este and San Miguel del Padrón, the most affected by the storm that it took place on Sunday evening. He took the city by surprise.

The intense tornado, the first for the Cuban capital in 80 years, struck with winds of over 300 kilometers at the time and in just over 15 minutes ripped roofs, overturned the cars and filled the streets with debris, in a chaos that left at least four dead, 195 wounded and thousands of victims.

The Civil Protection of Cuba has already identified the four deaths, including a 56-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man who died of landslides.

The other victims, two men aged 23 and 42, died from serious injuries when they overturned the buses they were traveling on.

According to the latest official data, about 5,000 people have been evacuated, of whom 4,780 are housed in family homes and 164 are in state shelters.

From the initial report of 1,238 damaged homes, the number of homes affected rose to over 1,900.

Six days after the disaster, there are still communities without electricity service, which have been restored by 99 percent, informed the Minister of Energy and Mining, Raúl García.

The supply of running water remains stable and 65 tanks have been placed to transport the liquid to the damaged areas.

For his part, the Minister of Foreign Trade, Rodrigo Malmierca, announced that several countries, companies and non-governmental organizations have offered donations.

Venezuela has already sent 100 tons of construction materials and machinery to support the recovery.

Thousands of people mobilized inside and outside Cuba to assist the victims, a spontaneous movement that swept the digital world and reached the streets of the affected neighborhoods with donations of clothes, food and medicine, despite the obstacles and some accidents with local authorities.



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