By MARC LACEY
New York Times, September 5, 2008
All six Cuban-American members of Congress have called this week for the Bush administration to aid victims of the storm, which tore through the western
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Cuba’s former ruler, Fidel Castro, wrote in a newspaper commentary on Wednesday that the storm hit Cuba like a “nuclear blast” and that the damage reminded him of what he saw when he visited Hiroshima, Japan, after World War II.
The hurricane’s wind speeds exceeded 150 miles per hour, and more than 100,000 homes were leveled in
“Now the battle is to feed the victims,” Mr. Castro wrote, estimating that it would take $3 billion to $4 billion to finance basic recovery efforts.