CAMAGÜEY - The municipalities located to the North of the province, territories affected seriously by the hurricane Irma in September, 2017 and inclined also to suffer the effects of the droughts and floods, will be benefited by the project Management and reduction of the risk of disasters before floods and droughts, which is led in the country by the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH), and have the participation of the Program of the United Nations for the Development (PNUD).

This project constitutes an integration system that is directed to the hydrometeorology monitoring and alertness of the superficial basins and the underground ones. The activities are directed mainly to the local institutions, to improve its adaptation capacities to the climate change and to the climatic changeability, the same ones will come up to the most vulnerable communities, where technical and experience exchanges will take place.

As informed Elvilayne Vidal Medina, administrative assistant of the Area of Risk and Disaster of the PNUD in Cuba, the duration time is foreseen for 18 months, in that actions will be done like improving the measurement coverage in basins and prioritized points, and simultaneously, it will work in the enlargement of the connections for the hydrologic data transmission and the review of the protocols of prevention of the reservoirs.

“The program aspires to help to sensitize the persons with these two big topics, consequences of the climate change; to help them to prepare themselves better and to know the actions that they have to do to face these meteorological phenomena, explained the representative of the PNUD.

The benefited municipalities are Esmeralda, Sierra de Cubitas, Minas and Nuevitas, in addition to Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Sibanicú and Camagüey; the last one, in its peripheral areas.

The superficial basins to be taken control in the territory are Caonao and Saramaguacán, and the underground Guanaja. The same ones were selected by its economic importance, on having supplied the asphalt plant in Sierrra de Cubitas, the port and the thermoelectric power station of Nuevitas, and in Camagüey, the railroad workshops and the military industrial complex Major General Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz.

The delegation of Hydraulic Resources, the Company of Investigations and Hydraulic Projects (EPHI), the Center of Prognoses and Meteorology, the Institute of Physical Planning (IPF), the provincial delegation of the Department of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) and the Civil Defense, are organisms that will take part of direct form in this project of international collaboration.

  • Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez