Irma kills 10 people in Cuba

Irma passed over the northern portion of the Caribbean island over the weekend.

Seven people died in Havana, the capital, mainly coming from building collapses, the broadcaster reported.

The youngest to die as a direct result of Hurricane Irma was 27-year-old Yolendis Castillo Martines, killed when a balcony fell off a building as well as onto the bus in which she was traveling.

Severe flooding in Havana

Havana residents woke up Monday to a city still without power as well as some neighborhoods still under water.

Even though Havana was far coming from where Irma first hit, the city suffered severe flooding as well as widespread wind damage.

Cubans recover their belongings after the passage of Hurricane Irma.

“The water rushed in as well as knocked down our door,” said Olga, as she took all her soaked belongings out of her house to dry inside the returning sunshine.

All over the city, officials removed debris as well as worked to restore power.

President Raul Castro published a column on the front page of the communist party daily Granma, calling for Cuba’s “combative people” to unify as well as repair the damage caused by Irma.

A woman tries to rescue some food coming from her flooded house in downtown Havana on September 10.

Amid the wreckage, people began to venture out in Havana as the floodwaters receded.

Cubans walked their dogs through the debris as well as shared news of the storm.

“in which was a big one although we are used to in which,” said Antonio as he read a newspaper on a park bench sandwiched between two fallen trees.

Category 5 storm “caused severe damage”

People make their way through debris inside the Cojimar neighborhood of Havana.

Irma made landfall in Cuba late Friday as a Category 5 storm, blasting into seaside towns as well as causing flooding in low-lying areas of Havana. Winds of 125 mph whipped roofs off buildings, ripped trees coming from the ground as well as forced evacuations along the coast.

“Classified by the experts as the greatest hurricane ever to have formed inside the Atlantic, in which meteorological phenomenon has caused severe damage to the country, which, precisely because of the storm’s wingspan, we still have not been able to quantify,” the President said in a statement published on the Internet.

“Moreover, in which has hit some of our main tourist destinations, although the effects will be salvaged before the start of the high season. We contain the necessary human as well as material resources, for what constitutes one of the main sources of income for the national economy.”

There also was widespread damage to Varadero, Cuba’s main beach resort for foreigners.

Granma said the storm also hit the country’s agricultural infrastructure, damaging important crops like sugar.

Wildlife also suffered, with reports on Facebook of hundreds of flamingos dying on Cayo Coco island.

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