Cuba made a strange request for aid to the United States after the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian

People play in a street flooded by the waves that broke on the Malecon in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Sept.  29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
People play in a street flooded by the waves that broke on the Malecon in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

The government Biden has received a rare petition from the government of Cuba to provide emergency aid after the devastating impact of Hurricane Iansegún reveló The Wall Street Journal.

El medio detalló que The Cuban dictatorship did not request a specific amount, but the United States began a process to determine the scope of damages, waiting for the regime to complete its solicitation with more information.

El huracan Ian de categoria tres arrasó el extremo oeste de la isla y dejó tres muertos y cuantiosos daños materiales. The major part of the 11.1 million inhabitants does not have electricity – at least some hours a day -, the majority of shops and gas stations remain closed and the water pump is stopped.

According to the WSJ, los correos electronicos a los que tuvo acceso sugerían que Estados Unidos está dialogando con La Habana para determinar cuánta asistencia era necessaria, y que Estados Unidos ha evaluado que las authorities cubanas darían priority a los hospitals, las instalaciones de bombeo de agua, el saneamiento y otras infrastructuras críticos si Washington tuviera que proporciar ayuda.

A spokeswoman for the Department of State confirmed to the WSJ that the United States continues to communicate with the Cuban regime for humanitarian and environmental issues as much as Hurricane Ian and the fire on August 5 in Matanzas. “Estamos evaluando las formas en que podemos seguir apoyando al pueblo cubano, en consonancia con las leyes y regulaciones de Estados Unidos”, dijo la portavoz.

La extraña solicitud se produce en un momento en que Russia, an ally of the Castro dictatorship, passed through its worst moment since it launched the invasion of Ukraine, while Havana faced its worst economic crisis in three decades.

“Si Cuba pide humanitarian aid and the United States se la da, eso sería un verdadero avance”, evaluó para el Wall Street Journal William LeoGrande, expert on Cuba at the American University in Washington.

A woman stands on a flooded street in Havana, on September 28, 2022, after the passage of hurricane Ian.  - Cuba exceeded 12 hours this Wednesday in total blackout with
A woman stands on a flooded street in Havana, on September 28, 2022, after the passage of hurricane Ian. – Cuba exceeded 12 hours this Wednesday in total blackout with “zero electricity generation” due to failures in the links of the national electrical system (sen), after the passage of powerful Hurricane Ian. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)

En otras ocasions en las que Cuba ha sufrido hurricanes, the United States has offered humanitarian aid, but Cuba has refused it. “The position of Fidel was that Cuba would not accept charity from a country that had an economic blockade against it,” pointed out LeoGrande, referring to the late dictator Fidel Castro.

The Cuban petition suggests that Russia, which has supported the dictatorship in Cuba and past catastrophes, is not in conditions to do the war in Ukraine, analyzed LeoGrande.

Cuba has gone through a serious crisis since two years ago due to the conjunction of the pandemic and the errors in economic and monetary policy. En este tiempo se ha cronificado la escasez de alimentos y medicinas, se han multiplicado las colas, se ha hundido el valor del peso -de 24 por un dólar hasta rozar los 200 en el mercado informal- y se ha disparado la inflation.

An old American car passes through a flooded street in Havana, on September 28, 2022, after the passage of hurricane Ian.  - Cuba exceeded 12 hours this Wednesday in total blackout with
An old American car passes through a flooded street in Havana, on September 28, 2022, after the passage of hurricane Ian. – Cuba exceeded 12 hours this Wednesday in total blackout with “zero electricity generation” due to failures in the links of the national electrical system (sen), after the passage of powerful Hurricane Ian. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)

Los cortes eléctricos se han hecho frecuentes. Entre julio y septiembre solo hubo dos días sin cortes en algún punto del país. En ciertas localities alcanzan las doce horas diarias consecutivas.

The Cuban energy system was in crisis before Ian. Siete de las ocho plantas termoéléctricas terrestres (hay rentadas otras seis flotantes) tienen más de 40 años, cuando su vida estimada es de 30. Las centrales y la red sufren además un prolongado de deficit de inversiones y mantenimiento.

Las protestas han crecido de forma paralela a los apagones. En los ultimos tres meses se han registrado varias decenas, también Santiago de Cuba (este) y La Habana, según un recuento del medio independiente proyecto Inventario. Entre ellas dostaaron los two days of demonstrations in Nuevitas (este).

“Todo el mundo está enfadado”, said Camilo Condis, an autonomous electrician in Havana. “Lo peor es la comida, que es muy difícil de conseguir y se pudre cuando no hay electricityidad”. Condis dijo que no tenía energía eléctrica ni pressure de agua en su casa.

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