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Given the dangers presented by heavy rain associated with Hurricane Michael in the western region of the island, Monday evening, Cuba’s President, accompanied by vice presidents, ministers, and other leaders, conversed via teleconference with the highest authorities of the Party and government in five provinces most affected by the storm, and by telephone with the Isle of Youth special municipality.

It was reported that the provinces have adopted the necessary measures to safeguard the population in vulnerable areas prone to flooding, and to protect material resources.

Division General Ramón Pardo Guerra, National Civil Defense Chief of Staff, provided an update on the meteorological situation.

Pinar del Río authorities reported that more than 300 persons have been evacuated, given the risk of flooding, most sheltered in the homes of friends and family. Part of the province is without electricity and fallen trees have damaged several roofs and downed electrical cables.

Sea flooding in the southern part of the province is of concern.

Leaders reported on steps taken in Artemisa, La Habana, Mayabeque, and Matanzas, where 17,000 guests at beach resorts were evacuated as a precaution.

Via a phone conversation, authorities in the Isle of Youth reported that winds there were diminishing, and the most damage verified thus far was to 16 dwellings.

Alejandro Gil Fernández, minister of Economy and Planning, assured that the fundamental resources needed to begin the recovery are available.

The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, called for remaining vigilant and implementing established measures, insisting that no one should be overconfident, while noting that Michael is a system that has become organized in just a few hours, and in some areas the ground is saturated.