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Two killed by Hurrican Irene in Cuba

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Havana (dpa) - Hurricane Irene has left two dead and damaged or destroyed more than 150 houses, Cuban civil defense officials said Friday.

The officials said that two people who tried to cross a river were missing. The officials said the western part of the Caribbean island was the worst hit.

Problems of flooding and electric-power supply were reported around Havana and Matanzas.

Cuban President Fidel Castro said the western province of Pinar del Rio and the island of Juventud were struck hardest by the storm now battering Florida.

All schools in Havana and other cities and communities were closed because of the heavy rains and winds gusting at 50 kiometres an hour.

But Castro gave assurances that in three days the stituation in all storm-hit areas will be returned to normal. dpa gn

AP-NY-10-15-99 1709EDT

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