Two men who went missing in the rainstorm that drenched the central region of Cuba over the past few days have been found dead, state media reported.
Alain Manaud, a French citizen, and the Cuban Silvestre Fortun died attempting to cross swollen rivers, the Escambray newspaper said on its Web site.
Manaud went missing Wednesday night when the car he was driving was swept away by the cresting Santa Lucia River in Cabaiguan.
The toll of the storm includes some 7,200 inhabitants still evacuated, 1,156 homes badly damaged, 1,356 hectares (3,348 acres) of crops devastated and more than 400 power outages.
Sancti Spiritus province, located some 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Havana, is reported to be the region hardest hit by the prolonged downpours but is currently in a "phase of recovery," the newspaper said.
"Still to be evaluated" is the amount of damage caused to agriculture on tobacco and rice plantations and to other crops, while thousands of the popular urban gardens that were flooded are being drained and replanted, the Escambray newspaper said.
The recovery work in Sancti Spiritus is mainly focused on cleaning up and getting the electricity back on "as soon as possible," a work in which multiple brigades are working, it said.
The rains recorded over the past few days in the province of Sancti Spiritus "are unprecedented in the history of the region," the official daily Granma said Monday. EFE