Cuba speeds up recovery after hit by Hurricane Irma

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-15 07:34:42|Editor: Yang Yi
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HAVANA, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Cuba is moving rapidly to help bring life back to normal, three days after Hurricane Irma tore a swathe across the country, leaving 10 dead.

Jorge Cepero, distribution director of the National Electrical Union, said on Thursday the entire national grid had been interconnected, with main power generation units back online.

Cepero told reporters that over 70 percent of electric coverage had returned to the island, despite the serious damage caused by the hurricane.

According to Cuba's Ministry of Education, classes have been resumed in universities in eastern and western Cuba, after a temporary suspension due to the storm.

The Ministry of Transportation also announced that air, land and sea transportation services had been reestablished in almost the entire nation.

President Raul Castro has ordered the creation of specialized local brigades capable of repairing all major infrastructure damage, while the government focused on major tasks such as repairing the power grid and maintaining health services, in order to speed up the recovery.

On Wednesday night, Castro chaired a meeting with senior officials to point out the measures needed to drive the recovery phase forward, as revealed by the official daily Granma.

Hurricane Irma is considered the worst storm to hit Cuba since 1935.