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Oct 29, 2012 1:03 PM by The Associated Press

Cuba's 2nd city without power, water after Sandy

HAVANA (AP) - Residents of Cuba's second city are without power or running water four days after Hurricane Sandy hit.

Nearly 700,000 people live in and around the eastern city of Santiago. Sound trucks are cruising the streets urging people to boil water to prevent infectious disease. Authorities have set up TVs in public spaces to keep residents informed, and authorities are distributing chlorine.

Sandy killed 11 people in Cuba, making it the island's deadliest since 2005's Hurricane Dennis, a category 5 monster that left 16 dead and $2.4 billion in damage.

Authorities have not yet estimated the economic toll from last week's storm.

But the Communist Party newspaper Granma reports "severe damage to housing, economic activity, fundamental public services and institutions."

Granma said Monday more than 130,000 homes damaged, with 15,400 destroyed.

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