As part of the Tarea Vida plan of the Cuban state to face climate change in the eastern territory of Holguin, they have carried out recovery actions in the coastal town of Gibara, some 30 kilometers from the city.
Rolber Reyes Pupo, specialist of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in the province, explained that the actions for this year include the removal of 15 homes located in areas vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding.
He explained that the Ovidio Torres elementary school and the local Hospital have also moved to safe places, which also increases the quality of the services of this center, frequently affected during heavy rains and other meteorological phenomena.
Currently, a new road is being built to link the town of Caletones with the city of Gibara through the settlements of Las Caobas, El Macío and Laguna Blanca, aimed at reducing hazards in areas close to the sea, Reyes said.
The state plan also includes the implementation of other measures such as the recovery of mangroves, dunes and sand and coral reefs, which serve as natural protection barriers.
The Life Task consists of 55 measures aimed at mitigating the effects of intense drought, salinization of groundwater, floods and other factors associated with climate change in 73 locations prioritized for their application.
Holguín shows evidence of climate variability, including the increase in annual minimum temperature of 2.0 to 3.0 degrees Celsius and the impact of high intensity hurricanes, which is why the coastal municipalities of Antilla, Banes, Rafael Freyre, Gibara, Frank País , Mayarí and Moa, are included within this strategy, Reyes concluded.