Cuban medical brigade departs for Dominica

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 31 (acn) A 16-strong Cuban medical brigade departed this morning for Dominica, a small Caribbean island hit by Tropical Storm Erika last week.

Erika left in its wake in Dominica over 20 people dead and over 50 missing with intense rains that caused mudslides and widespread devastation.

The brigade, led by Doctor Norberto Ramos, includes doctors, nurses, and epidemiologists. Three civil and two electrical engineers are also travelling to the small island.

The plane also carries 1.2 tons of medicines.

Doctor Ramos said that among these health professionals are some of those that went to Africa to fight Ebola and to Nepal and Chile after the earthquakes that ravaged those countries.

According to several news outlets, rescue teams are trying to get to communities that got isolated by the floods and mudslides.

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