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Duration1999/10 At 11:00 hrs on 11 October heavy rains began to fall on the Island of Youth (Isla de la Juventud) and along the western coast of Cuba. In 24 hours, 49 of 79 water reservoirs overflowed and 162,664 persons had to be evacuated from the danger zones. Over 3,000 homes were affected of which 224 were destroyed and 2,870 sustained damages to their roofs and walls. Four deaths have been reported.
Country or DistrictCuba

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AFP 1999/10/16
A total of 132,000 people were evacuated from the regions of western Cuba affected by the storm.
In Havana, 25 homes were destroyed and 783 damaged. 
In Cuba, 200 homes and 2,700 other structures were damaged when the hurricane pounded the western part of the island Thursday.

In Cienfuegos province, 70 percent of banana plantations have been destroyed.

IFRC 1999/10/20
Over 160,000 people had to be evacuated and four deaths have been reported.
144 factories and 26 agricultural installations suffered partial damage. Electricity
was cut off and communications were interrupted. Three hospitals and one health clinic were damaged. 20 schools were damaged of which six were totally destroyed. Damage to agricultural areas is still being evaluated.

CNN 1999/10/15

The storm has knocked down more than 1,600 power lines already. About 700,000 homes and businesses were without power.

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  • IFRC 1999/10/20
    The most urgent needs are to provide emergency relief assistance to the 5,000 families (or 21,600 persons) currently accommodated in shelters. Food, personal hygiene articles, clothing, medical assistance, water containers and general sanitation are the most pressing needs for the next six weeks.
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 3 1999/10/19
    Irene forced the evacuation of some 200,000 persons from the western region. The evacuees are already returning to their places of residence.
  • AFP 1999/10/16
    Hurricane Irene kills four, destroys 200 homes in Cuba: officials
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 2 1999/10/15
    The Cuban Red Cross, helped by more than 600 volunteers, assisted with the evacuation of approximately 130,000 persons along the western coastal areas.
  • CNN 1999/10/15
    South Florida authorities blamed Hurricane Irene for five deaths early Saturday as the storm dumped heavy rains on the region and left 1.4 million people without power.
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 1 1999/10/14
    "Irene" has been moving little during the past hours but is expected to resume a slow northward track near 7 mph/11 km/h. "Irene" is expected to cross Western Cuba today, 14 October 1999. Maximum sustained winds are now near 75 mph/120km/h in a very small area near the center with higher gusts.
  • Reuters 1999/10/14
    The ninth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season became a weak hurricane early on Thursday, threatening Havana and western Cuba and dousing southern Florida with heavy rains as it headed north.
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