In Cuba, much work remains 6 months after Hurricane Sandy
HAVANA (AP) - Many people in eastern Cuba are still living with family or in houses covered by flimsy makeshift rooftops six months after Hurricane Sandy pummelled the island's eastern provinces, residents and aid workers said on Thursday.
Many praised the government's efforts to rebuild Santiago and other cities but said much work remains to recover from the storm, which caused 11 deaths in Cuba before raging up the United States (US) Atlantic Seaboard and killing 72.
"It was very hard-hit, but Santiago is once again blossoming," said Mr Aristides Zayas, a receptionist in Santiago said in a phone interview. "Of course the magnitude was such that not everything can get off the ground in six months. It will take time."
The half-year mark comes amid preparations for similar commemoration by states up and down the US East Coast, where Sandy blew ashore in New Jersey on Oct 29 as a monster storm that resulted in billions of dollars in damage.