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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Biodiversity Suffers Damage after Irma's Passage through Cuba



Havana, Sep 13.- Experts are evaluating the damage caused by the devastating Hurricane Irma to biodiversity during its passage through Cuba, confirmed the president of the Environment Agency, Maritza Garcia.

The most powerful meteor seen in the Atlantic basin hit part of our territory, so local teams began investigations to determine damages primarily in marine and coastal areas -its main target-, the specialist told Prensa Latina.

This tropical cyclone that lashed Cuba from Thursday to Sunday, left 10 dead in addition to devastation in homes, hotel infrastructure, electricity and telephone service.

Referring to the work carried out by specialists in the provinces, she said that groups of scholars are ready to support such research as of coming days.

The mountain regions, which have a high percentage of terrestrial biodiversity, were out of the hurricane's path, accompanied by heavy rains, strong waves and unusual wind gusts, sometimes higher than 250 kph, Garcia said.

According to preliminary reports, the floods associated with the cyclonic organism are probably the most severe one occurred in the Havana coast.

Irma skirted the country practically from east to west, so the coasts were struck, but it is still too early for conclusions, she added.

The cyclone approached Guantanamo, at the most eastern province of the nation, with category five hurricane, the highest rating in the Saffir-Simpson scale.

During the dialogue with Prensa Latina, the doctor in Sciences praised the work carried out by the professionals of the Institute of Meteorology and its branches in offering successive and accurate forecasts on the evolution of the hurricane and its possible trajectory. (Prensa Latina)