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Dominican Aid Arrives in Santiago de Cuba
The load, with 676 tons of food, construction materials, beans, rice, zinc sheets, chlorine and other things valued at over $492,000 arrived in this city from the Dominican Republic, on board of the Panamanian Franchesca I ship.

Doctor Euclides Gutierrez, Dominican Secretary of State and General Director of the Insurance Administrative Division, who headed the group of Dominican officials, said that the solidary aid is a sample of the support and affection towards the Cuban people, due to the hard situation after the passage of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Gutierrez highlighted the effectiveness of the Cuban system, particularly Civil Defense, to face the challenges of nature, and said that the Dominican Republic would exchange criteria to get some experience and adapt it to the Dominican needs.

Gutierrez recognized this is a modest help from a poor country with less organization to mitigate such catastrophes.

On behalf of the Cuban authorities, official Ruperto Arias, from the provincial administration council, was grateful for the Dominican government's gesture and assured these items would reach the affected people as soon as possible.


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