Panama's first lady Lorena Castillo de Varela arrived in Cuba on Thursday to show solidarity for Hurricane Irma victims and deliver a donation of 35 containers of staple items already in the port of Santiago de Cuba.
Castillo de Varela met on Thursday morning with the secretary of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba (PCC, sole) in Havana, Mercedes López, to whom he "addressed on behalf of his people and Government a message of solidarity", says a brief official note of the meeting broadcast in Cuban media.
The Panamanian ship that docked yesterday in the port of Santiago de Cuba brought to the island mattresses, toiletry and cooking products, sheets, blankets, food, wood, lights and water drums, among other items.
This new aid joins a first shipment of sheets, toiletries, rice, oil and other foodstuffs that arrived in the country three days after the passage of hurricane Irma, which hit the Cuban north coast from east to west between September 8 and 10, causing 10 deaths and substantial economic damages.
The donations were organized by Castillo de Varela and organizations of civil defense, rescue and security of the Central American nation, who raised a collection through the official humanitarian system "Panama Coopera," said a statement from the Office of the First Lady of Panama.