UNDP supports Cuba after Hurricane MatthewNov 9, 2016
Cuba, November 9, 2016 - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in coordination with national authorities, is supporting early recovery actions in four of the most affected municipalities of the Caribbean country after the Hurricane Matthew: Baracoa, Maisí, Imías and San Antonio del Sur.
As part of its Action Plan in Cuba, in response to Hurricane Matthew, a ship containing 9,000 plastic tarpaulins for roofs and 5,740 mattresses has arrived at the Port of Santiago to address the needs of the affected population. This new contribution complements a first delivery of 9,700 tarpaulins and 20 mills to transform debris into building materials.
Zinc sheetings, roofing modules and specialized tools will be also purchased to provide 14,300 families a resilient and durable housing solution as part of a government-led early recovery process, supported by UNDP, that aims to provide roofs immediately, create housing solutions, create jobs and facilitate the recovery of the local economy, recover affected ecosystems and improve the hydraulic and meteorological early warning system. UNDP has already mobilized US$ 2.7 million through its own funds and cooperation partners, and is working to mobilize the remaining required resources US$ 7.0 million.
Myrta Kaulard, UNDP Resident Representative in Cuba, ratified his solidarity with the affected communities and acknowledged the work of the national authorities to prevent the loss of lives and the rapid recovery of the damaged areas. "Cuba has a strong understanding of risks and has been investing in the prevention of natural disasters and UNDP has always support their efforts. An example of that was the response to Hurricane Sandy where we worked together to rebuild houses with the participation of communities”, she added.
On October 4, Hurricane Matthew, - a category 4 hurricane - ravaged the Eastern provinces of Cuba with winds of 200-250 km/hr, a rise in sea-levels of three to four meters and waves of up to eight meters high, leaving 38,000 damaged homes and more than 600,000 people affected, according to official estimates.
With more than 40 years of experience in Cuba, UNDP has initiated, hand in hand with local authorities, an early and resilient recovery process, with emphasis on rebuilding houses, to address the immediate needs and lay the foundations for a long-term recovery and strengthening the capacities of affected communities.