Citizens in Santiago de Cuba welcomed the government's decision of cutting the price of construction materials by 50 percent for families whose homes were totally or partially destroyed by hurricane Sandy on its way through eastern Cuba.
Following the announcement of the decision, the people commented on its benefits particularly in Santiago, which resulted severely affected by the storm, with over 40 thousand homes totally destroyed.
Mariela Mesa, who retired from the education system, described the decision as very appropriate under the current circumstances and in tune with the needs of the working people. Mesasaw the roof of her home being destroyed by Sandy's strong winds, and now she said she can afford the cost of the tiles she needs to repair it.
Elizabeth Quintana, a neighbor at the locality of Dos Caminos, said that although she does not have all the details of the announcement yet, she is satisfied with the measure, since they were expecting the government's action with this regards.
Quintana, mother of two children, hopelessly witnessed her home's roof fly away under the hurricane's winds and rain as it happened in other cases. She said she will immediately apply for a credit to have her roof repaired.
The Cuban government announced a 50 percent price discount of construction materials to be sold to families whose homes were partially or totally affected by hurricane Sandy.
The announcement was issued after considering the huge damage inflicted by the storm in the eastern provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Holguinand Guantanamo, which derived in large material losses undergone by the population, reads an article on Granma newspaper on Thursday.
The initiative means that families whose home were affected will pay only half the price of construction materials, and those persons that cannot afford the items can apply for total or partial subsidies, which will be paid by the state budget.
The affected families can also apply for credits at lower interest rates, which will be paid back in installments, and in the case of total home collapse, the state budget will pay for bank interests in order to lower the expenses of the families, the announcement explained.