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Several Residents Refuse To Leave A Building In Ruins In Central Havana

Several Residents Refuse To Leave A Building In Ruins In Central Havana

Mariagne Durán resides in the seventh floor of the Central Havana
building affected by the collapse and refuses to evacuate. (14ymedio)
Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 18 April 2017 — Mariagne Durán, a mother
of two children who lives in the Serrá Building in Central Havana where
the stairs collapsed on Tuesday, refuses to leave the property because
she has nowhere else to go. An employee of the Telecommunications
Company of Cuba (ETECSA), Duran and her mother are part of the group of
residents on the corner of Amistad and San Miguel Streets who are
resisting being evacuated.

A temporary elevator placed outside the building has allowed residents
to come and go from the building and run their daily errands. In the
most urgent cases of people trapped it was necessary to use cranes for
their rescue, but some families refuse to leave without their
belongings. They do not want to leave behind their refrigerators,
stoves, washing machines and household goods for fear of looting.

Durán resides on the seventh floor of the building and commented to
14ymedio that on Tuesday evening the residents had a meeting with
leaders of the Provincial Housing Directorate, but the meeting did not
specify what will happen next with the affected families after the
evacuation. "I will not accept a cubicle in a shelter," concludes the woman.

Neighbors trapped in the building after the stairs fell in watch through
their windows as the police deploy. (14ymedio)
This Tuesday, about 120 people were trapped in the building after the
stairs that gave access to the apartments collapsed, as reported here:
http://translatingcuba.com/over-100-people-trapped-in-collapsed-building-in-havana/

Source: Several Residents Refuse To Leave A Building In Ruins In Central
Havana – Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/several-residents-refuse-to-leave-a-building-in-ruins-in-central-havana/
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