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Authorities in Cuba say a constructing within the historic middle of Havana that housed 13 households partially has collapsed, leaving three particular person lifeless and a minimum of two injured

ByThe Related Press

October 4, 2023, 12:44 PM

Firefighters clear particles from a constructing that partially collapsed in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. (AP Photograph/Ramon Espinosa)

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HAVANA — A constructing within the historic middle of Havana that housed 13 households partially collapsed, leaving three individuals lifeless and a minimum of two injured, Cuban authorities mentioned Wednesday.

Authorities in Havana mentioned that among the many three fatalities had been one resident and two firefighters who bought trapped within the constructing after they had been serving to evacuate individuals.

Part of the three-story constructing collapsed Tuesday’s evening, and different sections crumbled early Wednesday.

Whereas the explanation for the collapse was not instantly recognized, the realm has a number of growing old buildings that lack upkeep and deteriorate in tropical rains, like these presently hitting the island.

Alexis Acosta Silva, mayor of Previous Havana, informed native media there have been 54 individuals within the constructing on the time of the collapse. Households had been evacuated to a close-by faculty, and no harm was reported to surrounding buildings.

Poor upkeep of current residential buildings and the sluggish price of constructing new ones have been prime complaints amongst Cuba’s residents.

Cuba’s Director of Housing Vivian Rodríguez mentioned this week that the island has a housing deficit of 800 properties, particularly within the provinces of Havana, Holguín, Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey.

Authorities figures from 2020 confirmed Cuba had 3.9 million properties. Of those, almost 40% had been in truthful and poor situation.

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