OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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Hurricane Matthew, which hit Cuba’s eastern region from 6pm on October 4, 2016, through midnight the same day, caused around 2.4 billion pesos worth of damage, according to official figures.

In regards to material damages, Matthew is the third most destructive hurricane to hit country in the last 11 years, only surpassed by Ike, which caused losses of around 7.3 billion pesos and Sandy, amounting to around 6.9 billion pesos.

The figures feature in Cuba’s 2016 Environmental Statistics Annual Report, some of which were published a few weeks ago on the National Office of Statistics and Information’s website (www.onei.cu).

The agriculture and livestock sectors were worst affected by the hurricane, with losses of around 519.5 million pesos, while it is set to cost over 388.5 million pesos to rebuild and repair homes.

Damage caused by tropical storms in Cuba (2005-2016) – economic losses in millions of pesos. Photo: National Office of Statistics and Information

According to the report, Hurricane Matthew caused damage to a total of 46,706 dwellings, 8,312 of which were totally destroyed, representing 17.8% of those affected.