Raúl Castro welcomes Venezuelan delegation after Sandy
Venezuela is among the first countries that have provided humanitarian aid to Cuba and Haiti, the most lambasted countries in the Caribbean
The delegation commissioned by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has been assigned the mission of "assessing, along with Cuban authorities, on site," the damages caused by Sandy last Thursday, Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported, DPA cited.
The hurricane of 80 mph winds swept the eastern part of the island and wrecked havoc across Santiago de Cuba and Holguín. Based on preliminary estimates, the hurricane caused havoc in more than 180,000 dwellings in both provinces.
Castro welcomed Ramírez and the members of the Venezuelan delegation on Thursday afternoon at the Santiago de Cuba airport, Granma added. The delegation included, among others, the director of Venezuelan Civil Protection agency, General Luis Díaz Curbelo, and Vice-Minister for Housing, Nelson Rodríguez González.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.