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Panama sends its solidarity with Cuba for tornado that caused at least three deaths

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:28

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The president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, on Monday expressed his solidarity with Cuba, whose capital, Havana, was hit last night by a storm and a tornado that have left at least three dead, more than 170 injured and material damage.

"Our solidarity with president @DiazCanelB, the People and Government of Cuba, after the passage of a powerful tornado that left loss of lives, injuries and material damage in Havana", Varela wrote in his Twitter account.

The Council of Ministers of Cuba met on Monday to assess the serious damage caused by the storm and the tornado that affected several areas of Havana last night, Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, reported through the social network.

The municipalities most affected by the tornado were those of Regla, Diez de Octubre and San Miguel del Padrón, and the phenomenon knocked down trees, traffic lights, telephony poles and electricity, caused the overturning of cars and buses and uprooted the roofs of dozens of buildings.

In addition, much of Havana suffered power cuts during the night and early morning because of the storm, which left heavy rains and winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour, according to official information.

The Road Safety Commission of Havana reported the closure of numerous streets and avenues of the capital and asked the population to collaborate in "maintaining discipline" to avoid accidents.

During the night, floods were also recorded in several sectors of the Malecón in Havana and other low-lying coastal areas both in the capital and in the western provinces of Pinar del Río, Mayabeque and Artemisa, according to a preliminary part of the Cuban authorities.

The atmospheric phenomenon occurred in the mid of heavy storms that have affected the provinces of Pinar del Río, Mayabeque and Havana on Sunday, with winds of 100 kilometers per hour, heavy rains and hail.

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https://www.panamatoday.com/panama/panama-sends-its-solidarity-cuba-tornado-caused-least-three-deaths-9075

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