China Sends Aid to Cuba to Support Recovery from Sandy Hurricane

By Ilsa Rodriguez

Beijing, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese government today sent a shipment of humanitarian aid to Cuba to support the recovery efforts of the eastern territories recently hit by Hurricane Sandy.

A representation of official institutions, along with the counselors Tania Velazquez and Sandra Ramos, of the Embassy of Cuba, went to the airport at the time the donation with medicines, blankets and houses campaigns was loaded on a ship of Air China.

Spokesmen consulted by Prensa Latina reported that the shipment of 90 tons, about 400 cubic meters, includes 900 tents, 30 water purifying equipment, 100 power generators, 10,000 blankets and medicines, among others.

The plane left Beijing to the city of Shanghai, where it will complete the shipment to go to Santiago de Cuba.

The aid was preceded by a financial support of $ 400,000 dollars provided in Havana by Ambassador Zhang Tuo to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Ileana Núñez, through an exchange of notes signed by both parties.

Chinese Red Cross also provided $ 50,000 dollars in cash.

Sources of the Cuban Embassy in this capital said Chinese entrepreneurs have expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Caribbean country to mitigate the effects of this phenomenon that caused 11 deaths and damaged more than 130,000 homes in several municipalities of Santiago de Cuba.

When heating Cuba on October with winds of 175 mph, Sandy hurricane toppled trees, electric and telephone poles, affected the crops and structures of education, health, transport, trade, centers production and communications.