Nam students safe in Cuba after Hurricane Irma

11 Sep 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibian Embassy in Cuba has confirmed that all Namibian students in Cuba are safe following Hurricane Irma which hit the small island over the weekend.
Hurricane Irma hit Cuba’s northern coast on Saturday as a Category 5 storm, causing flooding, uprooting utility poles and damaging roofs.
Cuba is a Caribbean island located south of the State of Florida in the United States of America.
“So far we have not received any news of fatality related to the storm,” according to a communiqué issued by the embassy on Monday.
It said some Namibian students are still without electricity due to the impact of the hurricane, but there was hope that services would be restored soon.
“We equally continue to put in our thoughts and prayers the people of Cuba who are affected by the storm and wish them the strength to recover all that has been lost and rebuild what was destroyed,” the embassy added.
Some students currently studying in Cuba indicated to Nampa they were evacuated from their universities and placed in safe shelters.
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Peya Mushelenga told this agency upon enquiry Monday his ministry was awaiting an official report on the impact of the hurricane.
The Namibian government would then determine what action should be taken with regards to Namibian students there, he said.