A person dies in Cuba due to the storm

A person dies in Cuba due to the storm

2023-06-10 07:01:51

A storm of intense rains in the center and east of Cuba has caused the death of a person, the evacuation of thousands due to floods, damage to homes and the electricity service, official media reported this Friday. The most affected provinces are Sancti Spíritus (center), Camagüey (center-east) and the eastern Granma, Holguín, Las Tunas and Santiago de Cuba.

The deceased, by drowningis a 60-year-old man who lost his life in the Jiguaní municipality (Granma, southeast), where the flooding of the Bayamo river was also reported.

The Institute of Meteorology (Insmet) explained that this situation is related to a trough (the rise of warm and humid air masses along an elongated zone of low atmospheric pressure) that persists in the Gulf of Mexico and maintains a humid flow southwest over the entire country, in combination with atmospheric instability and local factors. He also warned that the trough will have very little movement, so the activity of showers, rains and electrical storms will persist in much of the country.

Up to now, they have not been quantified. property damage caused by this meteorological contingency, but its effects on agriculture have been reported, the breaking of bridges, the collapse of two reservoirs, problems with the supply of drinking water, the swelling of several rivers and the disconnection of electrical circuits. Flooding in some places has left communities cut off, soils are saturated and dams are almost at the limit of their storage capacity, according to reports.

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In the city of Camagüey, the intense rains have caused flooding in various locations, the overflow of the river of the same name and flooding is expected to occur in low-lying areas.

According to data from the Insmet rain gauge network and the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, they have recorded significant accumulations in 53 rain gauges with rainfall above 100 millimeters and in 14 of them the accumulated exceeds 200 millimeters. The forecast for the next 24 hours indicates that atmospheric instability conditions will continue over the entire island, due to the little movement of the trough, for which reason rains and electrical storms are expected to continue in much of the Cuban archipelago.

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