Cuba's hurricane losses estimated at 4.5 billion USD

Campaign News | Monday, 5 December 2005

UN report assesses cost of record year for storms

Havana (VNA) 02 Dec - Property losses caused by hurricanes in Cuba this year are expected to reach more than 4.5 billion USD, according a report released by to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Caribbean region suffered a record 26 hurricanes, including 13 major ones, in the 2005 season.

In Cuba alone, hurricane Dennis in early July claimed 16 lives and caused losses of property worth about 1.4 billion USD. Additionally, hurricanes Rita and Wilma, which recently slashed the island country, caused heavy damages in western Cuba, including Havana capital city.

Other hurricanes, including Emily and Katrina, triggered heavy rains and floods in central and western Cuban provinces.

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