Las Tunas has 525,729 inhabitants, with 35.5% of that concentrated in two cities: Las Tunas, the capital, with 154,837 people (up from 20,400 in 1953) and Puerto Padre
, with 31,854 (2002 census).
Stevenson was, sadly for us, actually born at Puerto Padre
in Las Tunas Province on March 29, 1952.
The province has some other minor ports like Banes, Antillas, Puerto Padre
and Gibara, along with highway and railway connections, one major airport (in addition to other airstrips) and marinas.
Previous stories have analyzed the shipping ports of Mariel, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas, Nuevitas, Nipe, Moa, Cardenas and Puerto Padre
Un panorama desolador"--a disheartening spectacle--is the phrase used to describe the scene at Puerto Padre
(Carupano), which received a devastating blow from Hurricane Ike the night of Sept.
The landlocked bays at Nuevitas (see CubaNews, October 1998 and April 2003), Cienfuegos, Mariel, Santiago de Cuba, Nipe and Puerto Padre
are also badly contaminated--mainly from raw sewage, industrial wastes and polluting port activities.