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Sandy Damaged over 150,000 Homes in Cuba

October 28, 2012

Repairs in Holguin from the devastating 2008 Hurricane Ike were still

continuing when Hurricane Sandy struck last Thursday.

HAVANA TIMES — While the magnitude of the damage from Hurricane Sandy is

still being compiled preliminary government reports show widespread

devastation in Santiago de Cuba and Holguin.

In Santiago, where Sandy entered Cuba from the south, the local

authorities reported on Saturday that 132,733 homes, apartments and

other buildings were damaged, of those 15,322 were considered totally

destroyed. Over 43,000 of the homes lost part or all of the roofs.

In Holguin, the province from where Sandy left Cuba in route to The

Bahamas and the USA, an estimated 17,000 homes were damaged, 1,800

totally destroyed and 3,000 without roofs.

There were also many homes damaged in Guantanamo province.

Electric service is still out in many parts of the affected region and

hundreds of electric workers from other parts of the country have joined

in the effort to restore energy as quickly as possible.

Over a thousand four hundred schools and nearly four hundred

facilities were damaged by the storm's 105 mph winds, reported

government authorities.

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