Sat, 27 Oct 2012 06:00:00 GMT | By IANS

Hurricane leaves at least 28 dead in Caribbean

Port-au-Prince: Hurricane Sandy caused at least 28 deaths in the Caribbean when it carved a destructive path through eastern Cuba.

Hurricane leaves at least 28 dead in Caribbean (© Reuters)

In Cuba, emergency management officials said on Thursday night that 11 people were killed, including a four-month-old baby. Nine of the victims lived in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba and two in the easternmost province of Guantanamo.

Sandy made landfall on the island in the early hours of Thursday as a Category 2 storm, lashing the eastern part of the country for five hours with torrential rains and maximum sustained winds of 175 km per hour.

The hurricane especially battered the provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin, where the official media described the material damage as "terrible".

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