27 Oct 2012

Deadly storm pounds Caribbean

6:59 am on 27 October 2012

Hurricane Sandy has left 21 people dead across the Caribbean after battering Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba and the Bahamas with torrential rain and heavy winds.

Cuba's government says the storm killed 11 people as trees fell and buildings collapsed in the Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo provinces on Thursday.

A storm surge led to severe flooding along Cuba's south-eastern coastline, the BBC reports.

Nine deaths were reported in Haiti, where much of the infrastructure remains in a very poor condition following a massive earthquake in 2010.

In Jamaica, earlier in the week, one person was killed by falling rocks.

The storm was weakened to a category one hurricane, with maximum wind speed of 130 km/h, as it headed to towards the United States coast.