Hurricane damage in Cuba
The city of Havana has had a sea wall for several centuries now, and hurricane Wilma’s force breached the sea wall for the first time in decades. Flooding swamps Havana, where scores are rescued
Giant waves crashed onto Havana’s sweeping seaside boulevard, the Malecon, inundating hotels, apartment buildings, neo-colonial-style homes and the U.S. diplomatic mission with water as deep as 6 feet.
Castro’s oppresive regime is destroying Cuba’s cultural heritage:
Coyula said three studies showed Cuba needs underwater breakers to soften the waves’ blow, but cost estimates in the millions make the project prohibitive.
But while the images of waves thrashing against the Cuban Foreign Ministry were dramatic, Coyula said storm surge is just one part of an ongoing problem.
”The waves were more spectacular, but it’s the daily problem of sea salt that damages the brick, steel and paint,” Coyula said. “It’s a very serious price for the privilege of living by the sea. The flood just aggravates the situation.”
He said heavy rainfall is actually much worse for the buildings, but the older ones tend to stand up to it more than those built between 1910 and 1940. A survey of the damages will be done today, now that the water has receded, he said.
Quintana said 70 percent of Havana’s housing stock is in precarious condition, meaning in the United States, they would be condemned.
He said almost all the buildings are in urgent need of repair, and the regular onslaught of storms doesn’t help. The 500-year-old Cuban capital holds the world’s largest collection of Spanish colonial buildings, but many are so deteriorated that they regularly crumble under heavy rainfall.
About 1,400 buildings must be abandoned each year for fear of collapsing.
The Cuban government said Wilma damaged 2,000 homes.
Blame the embargo? As I posted previously, no embargo kept that $3,900,000,000 from enriching fidel during the period of 1996 and 2003. A portion of those billions might have saved the Malecón.