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Hurricane Sandy affects Guyanese students in Cuba – Nov 6th 2012

A number of Guyanese students studying in Cuba, have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, which left a path of devastation in the Caribbean island, just over a week ago. Students who are in the city of Santiago De Cuba, are said to be the most affected. Over 20 Guyanese students are studying there at the 3 faculties and relatives claim that the students were left in the dark about the hurricane and were not offered much help before, during and even after the storm.

Students, Capitol News understands, were forced to bunker down in their living quarters as the hurricane ripped through the community. They were not offered shelters and were never evacuated before the Hurricane came their way.

Capitol News understands, that the power of the Hurricane ripped out the lockers and storage facilities belonging to the students. Many of them reportedly lost most of their belongings. One parent told Capitol News, that she was told that the Guyana embassy in Cuba is still to contact or check up on the students in the affected area. Some of the students have been making efforts to reach the embassy. None of them have any serious injuries but with Cuba’s already poor telecommunication facilities, getting in touch with relatives here in Guyana has been tough after the storm.

The affected students are hoping that the Guyana Government, through the Embassy in Cuba, could offer them some assistance as they recover from the devastation.

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