The Venezuelan government sent ten tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba to eliminate consequences of hurricane Irma, TeleSUR reported on September 12.
An aircraft of the Venezuelan Armed Forces delivered canned food, medicine, basic necessities, and drinking water to the José Martí international airport in Havana.
At the Simon Bolivar airport, Néstor Reverol, the Venezuelan Minister of the People’s Power for Interior Relations and Justice said, “President Nicolás Maduro issued a decree to startan air bridge to the fraternal countries of the Caribbean.”
The Minister explained that the government of Venezuela continues assisting the fraternal countries not only because of historical ties that unite them, but also to express solidarity.
“We express our gratitude for everything Cuban people have done for Venezuela,” Minister Reverol said.
The recent devastating hurricane Irma has brought anxiety to Caribbean countries. The hurricane crashed through Cuba last Saturday, leaving a trail of severe damage. At least ten people died. Waves as high as 6 to 9 meters hit the coast of Havana, the capital of Cuba. Several villages along the coastal zone of the island are flooded. Hurricane Irma was the most powerful storm in the Atlantic at least in the past decade. The death toll totaled more than 20 people.
Over the past few hours, Cuba has received humanitarian assistance from Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Russia.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency