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Flooding Hits Havana, Cuba

March 3, 2010 — High sea waters threaten Havana and cause flooding.

Strong winds gusting over 70 kilometres per hour lead to flooding in Cuba's northwest coastal cities on Wednesday.

Large waves crashed along the shores of Havana, submerging the city's famous seaside boulevard.

Local officials were called in to help evacuate people living in the low-lying affected areas.

Residents worked through the day to try and salvage their belongings. One local man said that while some flooding was expected, the waves caught him off guard.

'It's been five years since the sea last entered the city,' said Mirian Hernandez. 'Ah, I have lost everything.' added his neighbour, Nieves Torres.

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