More than 8,000 Cubans were evacuated because of flooding in the center of the country

More than 8,000 people were evacuated due to floods in central Cuba, caused by intense rains, said local authorities.

Most of the showers, which lasted several days, hit province of Sancti Spiritus — so, only in the municipality of Trinidad fell to 800 millimeters of rain, which is a semi-norm for the area.

Several other municipalities have been cut off from the rest of the country. Was disrupted by road message Karretera Central, connecting the center of the eastern regions. A number of local roads were washed out, damaged several bridges.

Storage capacity exceeded all previously recorded amounts of water — so, the largest reservoir in Cuba Sasa increased in volume by more than 800 million cubic meters.

According to local authorities, all the evacuees to return to their places after the water level in the reservoir will go back "to a safe value."

Earlier, the General Staff of Civil Defense reported that the floods were missing two people, including a French citizen.

The head of the National Institute of hydro Cuba Ines Maria Chapman Grau said that intense rainstorms in the center of the country caused by the effects of global change global climate. According to her, fell in the middle of the island precipitation — is "absolutely unusual" for the country's circumstances.

According to meteorologists, the next few hours the probability of precipitation in the center of the country is preserved.

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