Superstorm Sandy raged across states in America’s northeast on Monday night, leaving widespread devastation in its wake. But it also wreaked havoc on another part of the globe we hear very little about: the Caribbean.
A reported 69 people lost their lives on several islands, including Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Most of those killed, a total of 52, were on the already ravished and impoverished island of Haiti. Still crawling out from under the 2010 cataclysmic earthquake, almost 400,000 Haitians continue to live in substandard conditions, with homes nothing but tattered tents. The results of billions of dollars in aid are nowhere to be seen. Where is that money?
Sandy reportedly caused widespread damage there, destroying 70 percent of Southern Haiti’s crops and livestock Though the storm did not hit the island directly, the side effects of the eye passing near on Oct. 24 still battered parts of the island, dumping over 20 inches of rain in under 24 hours. According to the ministry of agriculture, the estimated costs of damages have not yet been tallied.
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller reportedly gave her island’s death toll as luckily only one, but she said Tuesday that the damages were extensive, totaling $16.5 million. Seventy-one houses were completely destroyed, with 348 suffering some form of damage. Livestock and crops were also destroyed. Jamaica is already in heavy debt and had asked the International Monetary Fund for help prior to this additional costly storm.
In Cuba, Sandy killed 11 and was the deadliest storm that island has seen in seven years. Crippled by decades-long embargos, this island already exists in a time warp, with vehicles looking like circa-1960 rides and widespread poverty. Now ruled by Raul Castro, brother to, the socialist island’s hardest-hit area was the city of Santiago. Downed power lines and damaged houses and businesses were widespread. The cost of damages there has not yet been estimated.
The Bahamas was also in Sandy’s destructive path, sustaining damages and massive floods from the storm’s surge. Two deaths were reported.
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