in Esmeralda Cuba
In Jigey, a small town in Camagey, there were only 25 houses, where
about 60 people lived, almost all linked to the fish industry
there. After the eye of the storm made landfall on nearby Cayo Cruz
and Cayo Romano, all that can be seen now are the floors of those
Yaditza del Sol Gonzlez | firstname.lastname@example.org
September 14, 2017 12:09:15
The small fishing village of Jigey, Camagey, following Hurricane
Irma. Photo: Jose M. Correa
Esmeralda, Camagey.In Jaron, within the municipality of Esmeralda,
there are colonial era houses, with high ceilings, tile roofs, and
inner courtyards that in another time must have held tinajones,
huge clay water jugs. And gardens. There are many wooden houses
with roofs of tin or fibrocement sheets. And a few buildings.
There is a sugar mill. The Brasil, that during the harvest awakens
everyone. There is a park, a church, a small hotel.
But this was before Irma.
People here say that the gusts were strong and the French tiles
went flying, the tin, too. Walls fell, even those of masonry.
There are trees in the street pulled from the ground, utility poles
over the sidewalk. In one of the ancient houses, two or three,
several men on the roof removing debris and piling it on the
sidewalk. On the next corner, an older man is cutting up an orange
tree. Some of its branches fell on his house and the wind took the
rest of the roof.
We walk. The sound of trucks can be heard beginning to collect tree
branches and clear trails. The clean-up work has begun. People have
come out onto the street to see their neighbors and raise spirits
as best they can.
Most of the roofing sheets covering the sugar mill's warehouse were
blown off. They fell some 100 meters away, in the community,
according to Nelson Cristiano, sector rep in this People's Council.
Only the smokestacks of the mill remain intact.
Gilberto Lorenzo, president of the area Defense Council tells us
that close to 90% of homes were damaged, saying that a tour was
conducted yesterday, and that practically all of the dwellings in
the Mosc neighborhood were partially or totally destroyed. There
were 200 homes there, and only 10 are still standing. He added,
"But we already have two...