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In view of a significant improvement in weather conditions and after reaching a safety level in the country's largest dam, the Zaza, the Civil Defense Council in Sancti Spiritus, central Cuba, decided to send back home some 7,000 people who had been evacuated.

Central provinces were hit by an unprecedented weather phenomenon linked to climate change, according to President of the National Water Resources Institute, Ines Maria Chapman Grau.

President of the Defense Council, Jose Ramon Monteagudo Ruiz, urged the people to work hard and rapidly to fix and rebuild infrastructural damages in the territory.

According to water resources experts, rains have been the heaviest for the month of May in the past 80 years.

Constructors and people in general are working to restore some 40 km of roads and bridges severely damaged by heavy rains that cut off towns and communities.

Traffic to the East and West in the Central Road was re-established, though at limited speed and load. Traffic was also reopened to several localities in the mountains and the northern area of Yaguajay.

La Sierpe, the country's second largest rice complex, started the harvest, drying and milling, though some 6,000 tons of rice are estimated to be lost.

The Defense Council also urged the people to be on the alert and draw lessons from this experience, as the rainy season has just started in Cuba.

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