HAVANA, October 25 (Itar-Tass) – Authorities in Cuba have gotten down to assessing and eliminating the aftermaths of hurricane Sandy, which struck off the eastern districts of the island in the small hours of Thursday.
Cuban state media have reported a heavy damage done to the housing sector, failures of power transmission and telephone lines, and floods in coastal areas.
Hundreds of fallen trees have produced obstacles for traffic in Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second largest city. According to a report on Radio Rebelde, Cuba’s Prime Minister Raul Castro has sent a message of solidarity to residents of the city.
Castro asked the authorities of Santiago de Cuba Province to keep him abreast of the situation and urged the local people “to keep confidence in the cause of the revolution,” since it will not let anyone down under any circumstances.
He also said he had made a trip to the parts of the country struck by the calamity.
Hurricane Sandy’2012 traversed its pathway above the island within a period of five hours, after which it made a thrust into the sea again.
Weather forecasters said it was about to make landfall in the Bahamas at the time of reporting.
In 2008, a total of three major hurricanes inflicted a damage of around $ 10 billion on Cuba’s national economy, according to the official estimates.
In the meantime, meteorologists in the U.S. have been expressing a growing concern that Sandy may cause a huge damage to the East Coast states and especially to New York, Delaware and Maine.
Weather. com portal said residents of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic areas of the country should stay vigilant and be prepared to take action in the next few days.