At least 3 dead in Cuban rains

26th May 2006

Intense rains have caused at least three deaths, much flooding and numerous collapses of homes and other structures in the Cuban capital, according to EFE news wire. The downpours deluging the city late Tuesday flooded areas, transformed dozens of streets into rivers, washed away garages and homes and paralyzed traffic across a good part of the city.

The storm brought back to local residents’ minds the disaster caused by Hurricane Wilma last October when the storm surge resulted the worst flooding in Havana’s history.

In the western residential neighborhood of Marianao, one of the areas hardest hit by the rains, the flooding killed at least three people, according to Civil Defense officials.

Residents of the neighborhoods of Arroyo Naranjo, Cuatro Caminos and Santos Suarez were also severely affected and spent much of Wednesday cleaning up their homes and hauling out to the street the ruins left by the rains and flooding.


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