LatinNews Daily - 10 October 2022

In brief: EU announces aid to Cuba for Hurricane Ian impact

*The European Union has announced that it is providing €1m (US$970,196) in humanitarian aid to support people in Cuba affected by the impact of Hurricane Ian which made landfall at the end of September. According to an official press release, the funding will be provided to EU humanitarian partners operating on the ground to meet immediate needs of the most vulnerable, including through the provision of temporary emergency shelter, water and sanitation services. The same statement cites European commissioner for crisis management, Slovenia’s Janez Lenarčič, as saying that: “The EU stands in full solidarity with the Cuban people at this difficult time. The course of Hurricane Ian caused devastating impact to several areas of the country. Our emergency aid will help provide lifesaving support to those affected directly on the ground.” The EU statement highlights the devastating impact of Ian on western Cuba, especially in the province of Pinar del Río, with an estimated 100,000 households affected. It adds that Pinar del Río province remains without electricity, which hampers water supply and the re-establishment of telecommunications.

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