On January 27, 2019, a powerful F4 tornado ripped through Havana for the first time in the city’s history, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain. Basic infrastructure including electricity, water and sanitation was severely impacted in five municipalities. Schools and hospitals were damaged. Given the poor conditions of the housing in the affected areas, the damage to homes was extensive and families lost most or all their belongings.
Oxfam Canada aims to improve the basic living, hygienic and sanitary conditions of 850 families in the Diez de Octubre Municipality, where the tornado was most intense and destructive. The families will be selected according to a vulnerability assessment, giving priority to single women, female-headed families, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Oxfam is providing a comprehensive package to each household including a water storage kit, a hygiene kit, kitchen supplies, and household items such as a mattress and sheets. Training on protection and ending violence against women and girls will be delivered by a local partner.