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Death toll in Cuba tornado rises to six

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AFP Havana, Cuba Feb 04, 2019, 11.41 AM (IST)

The number of people killed in the powerful tornado that ripped through part of Havana last week has risen to six, authorities said Sunday. 

Public Health Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda said in state media that "sadly, two people have died among the 13 who were in critical condition." The earlier death toll was four.

The storm which hit Havana area towns including Regla, Guanabacoa, San Miguel de Padron and 10 de Octubre late January 27, has been confirmed as an F4 storm, with F5 the strongest. 

Its powerful winds overturned trees and homes and cars, and several areas a number of blocks wide were all but wiped off the map.

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Public Health Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda said in state media that 'sadly, two people have died among the 13 who were in critical condition.' The earlier death toll was four.