Strongest tornado to hit Cuba in 80 years reduces Havana to a picture of damage and destruction

Three people were dead and hundreds injured, at least 12 in critical condition, after the tornado touched down with estimated winds of 200 miles per hour in three neighbourhoods across eastern Havana in Cuba.

FP Staff January 29, 2019 16:53:38 IST
Volunteers and teams of government workers hacked at fallen trees and hauled chunks of concrete out of collapsed homes on Monday as the Cuban capital of Havana attempted to recover from what officials called the strongest tornado to hit Cuba in nearly 80 years. AP
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Volunteers and teams of government workers hacked at fallen trees and hauled chunks of concrete out of collapsed homes on Monday as the Cuban capital of Havana attempted to recover from what officials called the strongest tornado to hit Cuba in nearly 80 years. AP
Three people were dead and hundreds injured, at least 12 in critical condition, after the tornado touched down with estimated winds of 200 miles per hour in three neighbourhoods across eastern Havana. AP
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Three people were dead and hundreds injured, at least 12 in critical condition, after the tornado touched down with estimated winds of 200 miles per hour in three neighbourhoods across eastern Havana. AP
Members of the Provincial Defense Council of Havana said 90 homes collapsed completely and 30 suffered partial collapse. AP
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Members of the Provincial Defense Council of Havana said 90 homes collapsed completely and 30 suffered partial collapse. AP
A quarter of the city's roughly two million people were without power on Monday afternoon and more than 200,000 people had lost water service because of a broken main and power cuts that left pumps out of service. AP
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A quarter of the city's roughly two million people were without power on Monday afternoon and more than 200,000 people had lost water service because of a broken main and power cuts that left pumps out of service. AP
Some of the heaviest damage from Sunday night's rare tornado was in the eastern borough of Guanabacoa, where the twister tore the roof off a shelter for dozens of homeless families. AP
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Some of the heaviest damage from Sunday night's rare tornado was in the eastern borough of Guanabacoa, where the twister tore the roof off a shelter for dozens of homeless families. AP
Around Havana, people and vehicles were trapped in floodwaters. AP
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Around Havana, people and vehicles were trapped in floodwaters. AP