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Hurricane Matthew Floods Cuba

Field Report by Operation Blessing

CUBA – Hurricane Matthew has moved on—its sights now set on the U.S.—but its wake of destruction has left families in Cuba reeling. With a powerful storm surge and towering waves, many roads are still flooded and impassible, making it impossible for relief to reach hurricane victims.

Operation Blessing has staff on the ground waiting for those roads to open. OBI has collected clean-up supplies, hygiene items and chlorine generators. Chlorine is especially important in the aftermath of a dangerous storm because many diseases can be spread by unsafe water, and chlorine is a powerful disinfectant.

In Cuba, our team has both high capacity and handheld generators to create chlorine. The H2gO unit is as small as a person’s palm, but capable of producing enough disinfectant, within minutes, to treat up to 20 liters of water at a time. The San-6 chlorine generator can produce enough food-grade chlorine to disinfect over 1.2 million gallons of water every day.

These are a few of the tools we have at our disposal to provide relief and hope to the people of Cuba—as soon as the roads open.

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