The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) says it stands in solidarity with Cuba, as Spanish-speaking Caribbean island grapple with the aftermath of heavy rains and flooding.
The PNP, in a statement on Tuesday (June 13), noted that the spell of floods have resulted in at least one death so far, extensive infrastructural damager, and thousands of displace Cubans.
A Reuters report indicated that several sections of Cuba were completely flooded after heavy storms hit the central and eastern regions of the island.
In rural areas, rivers burst their banks, collapsing bridges and leaving several villages cut off, local media reported.
The most affected area is Jiguani town, which remains without power, and several families have been evacuated after the river overflowed.
Weather authorities are forecasting heavy rains for the next two days.
Over the past few days, eastern and central regions of Cuba have experienced torrential rains, resulting in the unfortunate loss of six lives. The affected provinces, including Holguin, Camaguey, Granma, Santiago de Cuba, Las Tunas, and Sancti Spiritus, have witnessed significant damage to critical infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and sewage systems. The agricultural sector has also been severely impacted, with substantial acreage of crops in Las Tunas being damaged.
“The People’s National Party recognises that in times of crisis, it is essential for neighbouring nations to come together in solidarity. As Jamaica’s closest neighbour, Cuba has always shared a special bond with the Jamaican people. Our two countries have a long history of mutual support and cooperation, and in this moment of hardship, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Cuban brothers and sisters,” the Opposition statement read.
“We applaud the swift response and commitment demonstrated by President Miguel Diaz-Canel and the Cuban government in addressing the urgent needs of those affected by this natural disaster. Their assurance to the Cuban people that ‘no one will be helpless’ is a testament to their dedication and resilience,” the PNP added.
In the meantime, the PNP has extended a call on the international community, regional organisations, and humanitarian agencies to provide assistance and support to Cuba in its recovery efforts.
“We encourage Jamaican citizens, organisations, and businesses to contribute to relief initiatives and extend a helping hand to our Cuban friends in their time of need,” the statement concluded.