Havana, Cuba.- The Cuban Government facilitates the arrival and delivery of donations sent from abroad for tornado victims, assistance that is distributed free of charge, asserted Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment (Mincex, in Spanish), Rodrigo Malmierca.
Appearing on national television last night, Malmierca said that as part of its policy when this violent weather events happens, the State accept international aid and channel it so it reaches the victims.
He said at the Round Table hour, which he shared with President Miguel Diaz-Canel and other ministers, that Mincex has a mechanism that it has been improved from experiences after hurricanes Sandy, Mathew and Irma.
Regardless of the unexpected devastating windstorm, there was an immediate reaction from the international community in solidarity with Cuba, the Minister added.
Soon after the news broke out, aid started arriving from international organizations, mainly from agencies and programs of the United Nations, companies, NGOs, friendship organizations and from individuals who just wanted to contribute and help.
Malmierca highlighted the assistance received from governments, especially from Venezuela, a country that is going through hard times, politically attacked and threatened by a military invasion from the US Government, and despite that it was one of the first to send a ship loaded with equipment and construction materials which are being currently used in the damaged areas.
He mentioned two bank accounts were opened to receive funds for the tornado victims, and for questions and answers Minrex open the email box firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cuban embassies are ready to help out on this particular issue.