UN aid for Hurricane Sandy victims arrives in CubaListen /
The first shipment of humanitarian aid from United Nations agencies in Cuba arrived in Santiago de Cuba on Thursday to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
A flight with 40 tonnes of basic commodities including hygiene, cooking and school kits, waterproof canvas, water storage tanks and water purification tablets landed at Antonio Maceo Airport from Panama.
Barbara Pesce Monteiro, Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Cuba, witnessed the arrival of the relief items.
"This is the beginning of a process. We will be supporting the city and the provinces in the next months with recuperation, with increasing the humanitarian aid so that we can cover a larger number of people but also I am thinking of the city of the future because we need to realize that this is an effort that is going to take some time. With greatly needed help we are doing it with the different agencies of the different agencies of the UN and the support of the governments of Chile and Colombia who are also adding their efforts to what we are bringing in collectively." (Duration: 28")
A second flight is expected to arrive in Santiago de Cuba next Saturday with an additional 40 tonnes of similar assistance.