As the situation worsens in the industrial area of fuel depots in the city of Matanzas, residents of that region in western Cuba decided to self-evacuate for fear of what might happen and due to the lack of reliable information from the authorities of the Castro regime.
“The information that is arriving is very scarce, we do not know what can happen,” said a young man who introduced himself as Jancel Moreno, who shared a video on social networks to recount what residents of the Versalles neighborhood are experiencing at this time, in the Industrial Zone of Matanzas.
“We don’t know what is going to happen, there is a lot of fear throughout the city. We’re getting as far away as possible. The last bits of television are pure disgusting triumphalism,” she added.
In another broadcast video, residents of Matanzas can be seen leaving their homes while the catastrophic fires persist. In the images you can see people with masks, some older people in wheelchairs.
However, the dictatorship of Miguel Díaz-Canel, once again, tries to hide what is really happening. The authorities denied the reports of the radio station Radio 26 regarding the self-evacuation of the residents of the Versalles neighborhood.
“It’s false. They are not evacuating Versailles or any other cast of the city at this time. There is no danger for the population of the city of Matanzas,” Yumurí Yunisesky Bernal Lóriga, president of the Municipal Defense Council, told TV.
Among the few voices of the dictatorship who spoke on the subject is also Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, president of the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment: “We are evaluating each of the elements to be able to make the points. So far we have no evidence that there are effects on human health. Neither in hospitals nor in any institution do we have reports of situations. We are going to continue monitoring and analyzing in a timely manner because this is an event that does not end today.”
The official also recommended that the population use face masks, “especially the most vulnerable population”: “It is a recommendation not only for covid and other events, but also for this. It’s advisable. It is also advisable that the population does not expose itself to the open air when it is raining”.
In the midst of the chaos, and in the face of the lack of policies of the Cuban regime, dozens of people from other provinces showed solidarity and offered help to the evacuated neighbors. “If someone from Matanzas has nowhere to go and needs to move to a safe place, send Cárdenas here. My house is his house as long as he needs it, ”said a user identified as Willy López, quoted by the “Cubanos por el mundo” portal.
The serious industrial fire that Cuba is suffering is going to mean that only 60% of the electricity demand in the country will be able to be satisfied during the hours of greatest consumption.
The state company Unión Eléctrica de Cuba (UNE) indicated that this situation is due to the fact that, in addition to the difficulties that the national energy system has been going through for months, the forced disconnection of the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant -one of the largest in the country- is added. for the accident.
This has caused the UNE to raise the expected affectation for the hours of greatest consumption this day to 1,200 megawatts (MW).
The state hydrocarbons Union Cuba-Petroleum (CUPET) warned that the thermoelectric plant only had fuel reserves for 48 hours.
The affected area since last Friday, in which three of eight tanks with a capacity of up to 50,000 cubic meters have collapsed, supplied the plant.