The Ministry of Construction; Etecsa (national telephone service provider); Basic Electricity Enterprise; and Sanitation Services in Baracoa are working to reestablish basic services as soon as possible, according to a post by journalist Arelis Alba Cobas – reporting from the city – on her Twitter account.
The reporter stated that the preparation and transportation of food to evacuation centers has been ensured. However, “new facilities to produce other supplies are needed, as the existing ones collapsed.” Meanwhile a series of generators will be made available to support the handling of meats, she added.
Brigades of electricians from Las Tunas, Camagüey and Guantánamo, as well as other provinces, are set to join recovery efforts in Baracoa, while earth-moving teams from Villa Clara and Gramna are active on the La Farola highway.
Alba Cobas also reported that five brigades are working simultaneously to clear roads and remove debris, noting that authorities have already begun to demolish unsalvageable dwellings.
The bridge over the River Toa is one of many structures affected by the hurricane, with only 50 of the 200 foot construction remaining, noted the reporter.