After Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction in Cuba, officials were working to deliver aid to the areas in need Monday afternoon. Authorities estimate the Category 5 storm killed at least 10 in the northern coast of the island.
Authorities report issuing mandatory evacuations for about 1 million Cubans nationwide. Many were still unable to return to their homes.
Reporters working for the government’s media reported most of the storm’s victims were in Havana. The powerful storm surge flooded central residential neighborhoods along the coast of the island’s capital Saturday.
“This was the worst of the storms I have been through, and the sea rose much higher,” said Hector Pulpito, who was working as a custodian at a parking lot in the Vedado neighborhood. “The trees were shaking. Metal roofs went flying.”
The worst seawater flooding — about one-third of a mile inland — was between the Almendares River and the harbor.
The Communist island’s tourism industry also suffered. Several hotels were damaged in the northern keys off Ciego de Avila and Camaguey provinces.
Granma, the government’s newspaper, reported Irma’s wind gusts destroyed the Jardines del Rey Airport.
The victims’ identities
Osvaldo Abreu Barroso, 71, was electrocuted while trying to remove the TV antena. He died in the Plaza de la Revolucion municipality in Havana.
Alberto Francisco Flores Garcia, 77, a pole collapsed and hit him. He was walking along the Egido Street in Havana when he died.
Maria del Carmen Arregoitia Cardona, 27, died when a balcony collapsed and fell over the bus traveling in Havana. She was from the municipality of Bauta in the province of Artemisa.
Yolendis Castillo Martinez, 27, died when a balcony collapsed and fell over the bus traveling in Havana. She was from Santiago de cuba.
Roydis Valdes Perez, 54, and his brother Walfrido Antonio Valdes Perez, 51, died when a building collapsed in Havana.
Nieves Martinez Burgaleta, 89, drowned in the storm surge. Her body was found floating in front of her home in Havana.
Alberto Manzano Martinez, 65, died when his home collapsed after he refused to evacuate from his home in Matanzas.
Orlando Torres Cruz, 53, died when a home collapsed after he refused to evacuate in Ciego de Avila.
Edilberto Cabrera Rodriguez, 64, died when a home collapsed after he refused to evacuate in Camaguey.
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