The Catholic Archdiocese of Miami sent Monday to Cuba a shipment of more than 4 tons of provisions for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Archbishop Thomas Wenski told a press conference that the aid included powdered milk, rice, grains, canned tuna and sausages, and was flown to Cuba in a plane provided by the Miami Air Cargo company.
More than 100,000 homes and some 13 churches were damaged by Sandy’s violent winds, which left 11 people dead on the Caribbean island, the prelate said.
The aircraft was received by members of Caritas Cuba and the Daughters of Charity, who will supervise the transport and distribution of the food in the areas that need it.
Over the past two weeks more than 100 Catholic churches collected money to buy food products for Cuba’s hurricane victims, Wenski said.
The archbishop said that this shipment is just the beginning of aid to the Cuban people, because he is studying other ways to help those harmed by the storm.
Hurricane Sandy crossed eastern Cuba from south to north before dawn on Thursday, Oct. 25, and left vast agricultural losses and damage to the economy, whose total value has not yet been determined by the Cuban government.
Santiago de Cuba and neighboring Holguin were the provinces hit hardest by the hurricane, according to Cuban authorities.