Published: Tuesday 12 September, 2017

Hurricane IRMA Death Toll: 10 Confirmed Dead in Cuba as Florida Counts its Losses

At least 10 people are dead in Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Most of the deaths are due to collapsing buildings as fears the death toll may still rise as Cubans assess the damage Irma has brought to their country.

Hurricane Irma Cuba

Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction in Cuba like it did in other Caribbean islands. (Adalbert Roque/AFP Getty Images)

Hurricane Irma started to ravage Cuba on Friday after leaving a path of death and destruction in the Caribbean. Hovering over the northern shores of of the Communist state for close to three days, Irma wiped out coastal towns, destroyed tourist resorts, flooded streets even in Havana, and collapsed buildings in its wake.

According to Cuban authorities, seven of the dead were in the province of Havana. The three other deaths were from Matanzas and the regions of Ciego de Avila and Camaguey.

Hurricane Irma slammed into Cuba as a Category 5 storm, packing winds of than 157 mph (253 kph). With its strength and size, no area of Cuba escaped the wrath of Hurricane Irma before it turned northward towards Florida.

Damage to infrastructure is extensive. Electricity posts are down leaving millions without power. Agriculture suffered a big blow as well as Irma flooded and destroyed sugar plantations.

With at least 10 people dead in Cuba, this brings the death toll of Hurricane Irma to 38 in the Caribbean.