Oct 29 2012

AFP: Haiti’s toll from Sandy at 51, Cuba eyes cleanup

Newswire | Published 29 Oct 2012, 12:13 pm | Comments Off on AFP: Haiti’s toll from Sandy at 51, Cuba eyes cleanup -

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Hurricane Sandy’s tear across the Caribbean left 51 people dead in Haiti, while another 15 people were still missing after the deadly storm, officials said Sunday.

The earlier toll had reached 44 dead in the Americas’ poorest nation, which was socked with heavy rains, driving winds and flooding in areas where thousands are in refugee camps.

The deaths in Haiti, still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, drove up the overall death toll from the hurricane to 66 even before it reached the United States, where forecasters have predicted devastating impacts when it crashes ashore early Tuesday.

In Cuba, among the Caribbean nations harder hit by the storm system, President Raul Castro inspected damage in the central provinces of Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus, official state media reported Sunday.

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