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Sunday, September 27, 1998 Published at 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK


World: Americas

Counting the cost of Georges

Hurricane Georges unleashes its power causing widespread damage

Hurricane Georges has devastated the Caribbean and hit the southern United States, causing the deaths of hundreds of people, leaving thousands homeless and destroying crops and buildings:


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  • FLORIDA: No deaths or injuries reported despite extensive damage to buildings and trees. Miami and the Keys hit by power cuts.

  • CUBA: At least three people dead, about 200,000 people evacuated and nearly 20,000 homes flooded. Crops were damaged. Mainly affected are the eastern and central provinces, such as Holguin and Guantanamo.

  • HAITI: At least 87 people died with flooding in the capital, Port-au-Prince, around Cap-Haitien on the north coast and in other areas. Dozens of buildings have been damaged.


  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Over 200 people dead and about 100,000 left homeless. About 90% of banana and other plantations have been destroyed. Power grid damage is estimated at $111m. Heavy flooding in the capital, Santo Domingo, and elsewhere.

  • PUERTO RICO: At least 21 people killed and 28,000 people have left in shelters after hundreds of buildings were destroyed. Around 80% of the population has been left without water. Total cost of damages is estimated at $2bn.

  • US VIRGIN ISLANDS: Several people injured amid widespread damages to buildings and crops.

  • BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: Roads closed by flooding and there were temporary power outages.

  • ANGUILLA: Minor damage reported along with temporary power outages.

  • ST KITTS-NEVIS: At least three people dead and two missing - about 3,000 people have been left homeless as 85% of buildings have been damaged. The total cost of the damage is estimated at $402m.

  • ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: Two people dead. Hundreds of buildings have been damaged. Towns along the south coast have been flooded. Power cut all over the island.

  • GUADELOUPE: Some flooding in northern towns and moderate damage to buildings - no deaths reported.




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