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Irma flood: Hur­ri­cane Irma bat­tered Cuba for three days this week, rip­ping up trees, wreck­ing sugar cane and ba­nana fields, and flood­ing towns across the is­land. Waves as high as 30 feet crashed over Ha­vana’s iconic Male­con sea­wall and flooded the his­toric district, dam­ag­ing the city’s pic­turesque Art Deco homes and shops. At least 10 peo­ple were killed, but gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said the toll would have been much higher if it hadn’t been for the or­derly evac­u­a­tion of more than 1 mil­lion peo­ple. “This is not a time to mourn,” said Pres­i­dent Raúl Cas­tro, “but to con­struct again that which the winds of Irma at­tempted to de­stroy.”

Ha­vana’s over­topped sea­wall

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