Wednesday 24 April 2019

Powerful tornado hits Cuban capital of Havana

Cuban firefighters assist the evacuation of a mother and her baby in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019 (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban firefighters assist the evacuation of a mother and her baby in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019 (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban firefighters assists a mother and her baby during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A Cuban paramedic (R) assists a mother and her baby during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.(Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban firefighters assist the evacuation of a mother and her baby in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban firefighters hold babies wrapped in blankets during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A man inspects a damaged car lying on its side in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A damaged car is seen in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019 (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A Cuban firefighter holds a baby wrapped in a blanket during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban firefighters hold babies wrapped in blankets during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A damaged car lies on its side in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019 (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A Cuban paramedic (R) assists a mother and her baby during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A Cuban firefighter (C) assists a mother and her baby during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A damaged car is seen among building rubble in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban firefighters assist the evacuation of a mother and her baby in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A fallen utility pole is seen among debris in the tornado-hit Luyano neighbourhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP)ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
A damaged car flattened by debris from a building is seen in the tornado-hit Luyano neighbourhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP)ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
An ambulance drives through the tornado-hit Luyano neighbourhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP)ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban police cordon off a street in the tornado-hit Luyano neighbourhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP)ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
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The president of Cuba says that a tornado in eastern Havana has killed three people and injured 174 others.

The Cuban capital was battered late on Sunday and in the early hours of Monday by powerful winds and heavy rains.

A blackout hit many Havana neighbourhoods around 9pm local time.

President Miguel Diaz-Canel posted photos of himself on Twitter with rescue workers besides what appeared to be a vehicle overturned by the storm.

A Cuban paramedic (R) assists a mother and her baby during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.(Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A Cuban paramedic (R) assists a mother and her baby during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.(Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images

Little further information about the storm appeared in state media.

Photos posted by Cuban media and Havana residents on Twitter showed cars crushed by fallen lampposts and cars trapped in floodwaters around the city.

Cuban firefighters hold babies wrapped in blankets during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
Cuban firefighters hold babies wrapped in blankets during evacuations in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images

One local radio station said on Twitter that the neighbourhoods of Regla and 10 de Octubre and the town of San Miguel de Padron had been affected by the tornado.

A man inspects a damaged car lying on its side in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images
A man inspects a damaged car lying on its side in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019.. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images

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