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#Cuba Contributes a Field #Hospital to Help #Mozambique #Aftermath #Hurricane #Idai Via Radio Cadena Agramonte

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Cuba will send a field hospital to Mozambique to reinforce health care there with Cuban doctors deployed in that African country …

The aid will be sent in the coming hours and the hospital has the necessary logistics and personnel to support Mozambicans …

Last week, several regions of Mozambique were hit by cyclone Idai, with winds packing 170 kilometers per hour and heavy rains that left so far over 400 deaths, 110,000 homeless people and significant material losses.

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#Michael #Hurricane: Read how #US & #Cuban #hurricane centers cooperate to protect us all – Via @MediccGail + mediccreview.org

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Weathering US–Cuba Political Storms: José Rubiera PhD Cuba’s Chief Weather Forecaster

Full disclosure: chief weather forecaster is not his official title, but rather one affectionally conferred on Dr Rubiera by the Cuban people, who look to him not only in times of peril, but also to learn about the science of meteorology. Anyone who has taken a taxi in Cuba during hurricane season (June 1 to November 30), and bothered to ask the driver, will receive a clear explanation about how hurricanes are formed, what the Saffir-Simpson scale is all about, and how the season is shaping up—all courtesy of Dr Rubiera’s talent for communication during nightly weather forecasts and special broadcasts. It’s no exaggeration to say that he is something of an icon in Cuba, a man people trust.

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Puerto Rico One Year After the Hurricane

A hostile policy more harmful than a hurricane – Via Granma Cuba

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The main obstacle to the development of the Cuban economy’s potential is not related to nature but to an immoral way of doing politics: the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

When a hurricane is identified as a threat to the island, all Cubans begin to worry. Despite measures adopted by our Civil Defense system to protect human life and material resources, it is well known that the powerful winds and rain show no mercy.

Every natural phenomenon that strikes leaves damage that must be repaired as soon as possible. Thus, some plans are put on hold to free resources for the recovery, and the state cannot move forward as fast as it would like.

Damages caused by Hurricane Irma, for example, were estimated at more than  13 billion pesos, mostly to housing, healthcare facilities, schools, agriculture, hotel infrastructure, as well as roads.

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Caribbean Lost Almost $700M in Tourism Revenue Due to Hurricanes in 2017 – Via TeleSur

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Tourism is a crucial sector for most Caribbean countries.

The Caribbean’s tourism sector lost close to US $700 million in revenue and saw almost one million fewer visitors in 2017 due to the devastating impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria. An industry report released by the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council revealed the disastrous effect the storms had on one of the region’s most critical industries when compared to previous years Tuesday.

“The hurricane season resulted in an estimated (loss) in 2017 of 826,100 visitors to the Caribbean, compared to pre-hurricane forecasts,” the Council’s report noted. Those tourists and the missed revenue the Council stated could have sustained more than 11,000 jobs within the region.

Tourism is a crucial sector for Caribbean countries. The industry, according to the report, is responsible for 15.2 percent of the region’s gross domestic product. It’s also responsible for 14 percent of the overall all jobs in the islands.

Worldwide, tourism accounts for, on average, 10.4 of the total gross domestic product, according to the Council.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria left a trail of destruction in several Caribbean countries in August and September 2017.

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Six months since Puerto Rico was torn apart by Hurricane Maria, suicide rates continue to soar as the island struggles to regain its footing – Via TeleSurEnglish

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Health experts had registered a total 253 suicide cases; the majority of victims, roughly 86 percent, were men aged between 55 and 69.

Six months since Puerto Rico was torn apart by Hurricane Maria, suicide rates continue to soar as the island struggles to regain its footing.

According to reports, following 2017’s natural disasters on September 20, the number of suicides spiked were seen to spike by nearly 30 percent, the Puerto Rican Department of Health announced.

In 2016, there were 196 victims of suicide registered, the lowest rate recorded in twenty years. However, one year later, health experts had registered a total 253 suicide cases, the highest rate since 2013. The majority of victims, roughly 86 percent, were men aged between 55 and 69.

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Via Empire Files in @YouTube – The Sacrifice Zones of #HurricaneHarvey #Houston’s

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name “sacrifice zones.” Abby explores Houston’s unique lack of zoning and regulations that maximized the impact of the storm, the “fence-line communities” deliberately put in harm’s way, inhumane treatment of incarcerated people in the disaster, and how the ownership of the city by Big Oil puts thousands of lives in peril. Featuring interviews with Dr. Robert Bullard, professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University; Azzurra Crispino, co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS); and Yvette Arellano of the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Series. FOLLOW // @EmpireFiles // @AbbyMartin // @telesurenglish

#Havana #Cuba seawall #Malecon still standing after #HurricaneIrma

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Post by @CubanWindow from the original: Havana Malecon still standing after Irma / After two weeks of intense work, marked by attention to quality and efficiency, construction brigades involved in repairing the Malecon had managed to fix much of the damage.

Although Havana’s emblematic Malecon seawall managed to resist the force of Irma, storm surges brought on by the hurricane’s strong winds caused damage to a good part of the concrete wall, penetrating, and deepening holes in the structure with all its power, lifting sidewalks, parts of the road, and above all affecting the drainage system along the waterfront.

After two weeks of intense work, marked by attention to quality and efficiency, construction brigades involved in repairing the Malecon had managed to fix much of the damage and prepare the avenue for reopening on October 1.

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Two Races – #HurricaneIrma aftermath #Cuba

From the original post: Donando en Cuba 

Related: #HurricaneIrma #Cuba

“The world has two races:

the selfish, similar to insects and the generous, resplendent, as if in itself would bring light to the other.

The first ones sacrifices everything: homeland, friendship, to the estimation of themselves to their benefit and contentment.

The others, although in the hours of tranquility pay tribute to the appetites and weaknesses of human nature, when the hour of daring and greatness rings,  when human honor or patriotic honor is in danger, as a straw snatches the wind, all the worries, conveniences, or interests that may hinder it are shaken from the shoulders, and as merry as free eagles they throw themselves into the fight, to the light.”

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NYC – isn’t prepared for a Major Hurricane

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Post by @CubanWindow / Original Post – City isn’t prepared for next Sandy, leaders pushing storm surge barrier say Via AMNY / By Ivan Pereira   ivan.pereira@amny.com 

Related: 3 Years After Hurricane Sandy, Is New York Prepared for the Next Great Storm?

As the city prepares to mark the fifth anniversary of Super storm Sandy, a group of environmentalists say the city remains vulnerable to storms, rising sea levels and other natural disasters.

Large sea walls and sand dunes have been touted as accomplishments by the city in its resiliency efforts, but the coastlines are still vulnerable to devastation, according to Bill Golden, president of the National Institute for Coastal Harbor Infrastructure, a nonprofit working to storm-proof coastlines.

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