08 Dec Structures Collapsing in Havana at Alarming Rate
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 official 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 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.