Long road to recovery for Irma-ravaged Cuba

Free State medical students safe after Hurricane Irma...

HAVANA, CUBA – Clean-up operations were nearing conclusion following the wrath of Hurricane Irma, which hit the coastal town of  Havana in Cuba where some of the Free State medical students are based. Dumelang News can confirm that no South African was harmed as Irma destroyed infrastructure while leaving some of the Cubans  homeless. “Sure Bra, I’m good - yeah! I did experience it, but no student got hurt...I´m alive and kicking...thanks” said China Mzangwa one of the medical students in Cuba. Mzangwa is one of the students sent to Cuba through sponsorship by Free State governments bursary programme. On Saturday a heavy storm surge from Hurricane Irma prompted Cuban authorities to evacuate some low lying neighbourhoods along Havana's seaside town of Malecon, while wind and rain pummelled the capital. Police called on residents to evacuate several areas that abut Malecon in central Havana, as heavy waves broke over the boulevard.
Some streets were flooded when the storm surge continued to grow, driven by high winds and seas. A tanker left Havana Harbour mid-morning, heading for safer waters on the western end of the island, while a fierce ocean swell pounded the shoreline.

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