|Damage from tornado that hit Havana on January 27, 2019|
|Tornado damage in Havana|
First question that arises: Why was there such a big discrepancy between initial reports of the tornado's strength (62 mph) and later reports (up to 200 mph)?
The tornado hit late Sunday night (January 27th) but despite the carnage, hunger and thirst that did not stop authorities from carrying out their torchlight march to celebrate Jose Marti's birthday on Monday, January 28th, which has led to criticism.
John: They are selling food at reduced prices, something those affected say should be free. Here is a list of prices. pic.twitter.com/52SD0RCsWe— Hatzel Vela (@HatzelVelaWPLG) January 31, 2019
This was compounded by news of Cubans trying to directly provide aide to tornado victims being fined, having the aide confiscated and turned away for trying to provide them food and refreshments.
Subsidized prices for food and water are no good for people who have lost everything, and do not have a centavo to their name. This leads to a second question: What are regime officials thinking?🇨🇺 'La policía no deja que la gente entre a darle la ayuda a los damnificados' #TornadoEnLaHabana @jdanielferrer @DamasdBlanco @PanAmPost_es @DLasAmericas @eliecer_cuba @asierramadero @soyconservador @jguaido @mluciaramirez @abc_es @larazon_es pic.twitter.com/bZco8kdGD6— Democristianos Cuba (@CubaPdc) February 3, 2019
The encounter between president Diaz Canel and residents in Regla who chased after his government entourage shouting "shameless liars" is an indication that this approach is having explosive consequences socially. This leads to a third question: Are regime officials that out of touch or that brazen that they can get away with this without creating even more popular discontent?
Meanwhile in South Florida, there are attempts underway to get humanitarian assistance to the tornado victims in Havana.