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The Cuban regime confirmed Monday that it has been in contact with the Biden Administration regarding the material damages suffered by Hurricane Ian last week.
Havana thus confirms information recently published by the Wall Street Journal that the island had contacted the U.S. government.
“The Cuban and U.S. governments have exchanged information on the heavy damage and unfortunate losses caused by Hurricane Ian in both countries,” the Cuban Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.
The brief message added that Cuba’s dictatorship also maintains communication “with other governments interested in the devastation and needs for recovery in Cuba.”
WSJ published this Friday an exclusive titled “Cuba Makes Rare Request for U.S. Aid After Devastation From Hurricane Ian.”
The news report explained that the Cuban government had requested “emergency assistance” from Washington and that President Joe Biden’s administration was in contact with the island’s authorities to find out how much help was needed.
In recent days, assistance of various kinds has arrived in Cuba from Mexico, Venezuela, and Argentina, as well as from the WHO and its regional branch in the Americas.
Hurricane Ian crossed the western tip of Cuba from south to north on Tuesday, with heavy rains and winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour, leaving so far three dead and considerable material damage.