Cuba thanks Chinese donation for hurricane recovery

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Havana, 12 Oct.- Cuban authorities today welcomed a donation from the Chinese government to support the recovery after Hurricane Ian.

According to Cuba’s ambassador to the Asian nation, Carlos Pereira, this is an important cash donation, which was notified on the day by the vice president of the Chinese International Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), Zhao Fengtao.

«Fruitful meeting with new Vice President Agency #China CIDCA Zhao Fengtao, who officially notified the Chinese Government’s important cash donation to #Cuba in support of recovery efforts after #HuracánIan step by our country «, the diplomat wrote on Twitter.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba, Deborah Rivas, also expressed the gratitude of her country for the Chinese aid, which will contribute to repair the damage of the powerful meteorological phenomenon that affected the western area (provinces of Pinar del Río, Havana, Artemisa and Mayabeque, and the special municipality Isla de la Juventud).

«We are grateful for an important donation from the Chinese Government to #Cuba in support of recovery efforts after #HuracánIan, through its International Cooperation Agency #CIDCA. Thank you!» he said.

For his part, China’s Ambassador to Cuba, Ma Hui, on the same social network highlighted the unwavering friendship between the two countries, as well as the firm readiness for mutual support in the most difficult moments.

This September 27, Hurricane Ian touched Cuban territory, with maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour (category three of the Saffir-Simpson scale, of a total of five), affecting the western provinces of the country.

Upon receiving the direct impact of the meteor, Pinar del Río was the territory with the most damage, accounting for 89 thousand 071 homes affected, which represents almost half of the housing stock of the province. (ACN)