Havana, Nov. 10.- The central Cuban provinces of Villa Clara and Sancti Spíritus were declared in alarm today by heavy rains, according to a statement from the Civil Defense General Staff.
Those territories remain under the influence of cloudy and rainy areas associated with Tropical Storm Eta, which crossed Cuba over the weekend and turned northwest.
The Forecast Center of the Institute of Meteorology indicated that the situation tends to be persistent, which is why the civil defense system was activated, including evacuations.
Mountainous towns in both provinces report strong and locally intense rainfall, even with overflowing rivers, as reported by the municipality of Manicaragua, from Villa Clara.
The authorities of the territory visit zones prone to flooding such as Jibacoa, El Santo, Falcón, Ranchuelo and Santo Domingo.
In the entire province, swollen rivers are reported and in the mountains the rainfall exceeds 200 mm.
According to the press, several bridges have been destroyed and the Villa Clara reservoirs are pouring out, while vulnerable communities are being evacuated.
Experts consider that the next few hours will be decisive due to the runoff that comes from the mountains.
In Sancti Spíritus, the Zaza dam, the country's largest capacity, accumulated 44 million cubic meters of water the day before.
Until Monday night, the province accumulated an average of 171.4 mm, 274 percent of the historical average for the entire month of November, and it continued to rain.
In the rest of Cuba, the situation tends to normalize after the departure of the storm. (Text and photo: PL)