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Structures Collapsing in Havana at Alarming Rate

a man walks past a building that collapsed due to the heavy rain in cuba
A man walks past a building that collapsed due to the heavy rain next to an image of revolutionary leader Che Guevara in Havana, Cuba. (Ramon Espinosa/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 December 2018 02:50 PM

Buildings in Havana are collapsing at an alarming rate, exacerbating a severe housing shortage and many residents fear the structures they live in will fall on them, USA Today reported Tuesday.

The city has reported more than 3,800 partial or total building collapses from 2000 to 2013, although in at least two of those years no records were kept.

The reasons for the poor condition of so many buildings include weather, neglect, subpar renovations, and the stealing of structural beams.

Officials estimate some 28,000 people in Havana live in buildings that are in danger of collapsing at any moment, but some refuse to leave these structures because they say they have nowhere else to go.

There are no officials figures on the number of those killed or injured in building collapses.

A few years back, BBC reported as many as seven out of every 10 houses need major repairs in the city, while 7 percent of housing in Havana has been declared uninhabitable.

The crisis exists despite the fact officials have won numerous international awards for their work to restore Old Havana historic sector, according to USA Today.

The tourists drawn to the city to see the historic sites has brought in much revenue. These funds have been used to renovate many architectural treasures, but these important projects cannot keep up with the decay.

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Exacerbating a severe housing shortage and leading to many residents living in fear of the structures they live in falling on them, buildings in Havana are collapsing at an alarming rate, according to USA Today.
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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 02:50 PM
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