The mask is again a must in Cuba, in the coastal region of Matanzas. It is not about protecting against a Covid-19 epidemic resurgence, but about protecting against the dangers of thick smoke pouring out of an oil depot that was struck by lightning on August 5. A major fire destroyed four of the depot’s eight tanks. The latter supply a large part of the country with fuel, emphasizes Daleis Macias, resident of the city of 140,000.
“Everything is getting more difficult,” fears Yania Calera, a resident of Matanzas. Even before this major fire, there were regular fuel shortages and power outages on the island. The thousands of liters of oil lost pose a significant risk to the country’s struggling economy.
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