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    Heavy rains have resulted in the flooding of the Cuban capital Havana, forcing 10,000 people to leave their homes.

    At least three people have died after torrential rains on Wednesday caused high flooding in parts of Havana, forcing 10,000 to seek refuge.

    According to reports on Thursday from local authorities, the victims included a pensioner who drowned in the Old Havana district, a 24-year-old man who was electrocuted by falling cables, and a 43-year-ol lawyer.

    Winds at a speed of up to 98 miles per hour caused trees to fall and three buildings to collapse, damaging 24 more.

    The floods also caused cuts to the power and water supply in parts of the city, where three shelters have opened to offer refuge to the 10,000 made homeless.

    Much of the city's housing is old and in poor condition, and its buildings are prone to collapse, a problem exacerbated by overcrowding, budget constraints and the effects of a decades-long trade embargo.

    • Stranded cars remain in a flooded street during an intense rainstorm in Havana.
      Stranded cars remain in a flooded street during an intense rainstorm in Havana.
      © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
    • A transport bus wades along a flooded street during an intense rainstorm in Havana.
      A transport bus wades along a flooded street during an intense rainstorm in Havana.
      © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
    • People wade through a flooded street during an intense rainstorm in Havana.
      People wade through a flooded street during an intense rainstorm in Havana.
      © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
    • People wade through a flooded street.
      People wade through a flooded street.
      © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
    • A man wades through a flooded street.
      A man wades through a flooded street.
      © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
    • A pedestrian stands on the edge of a window at a flooded street.
      A pedestrian stands on the edge of a window at a flooded street.
      © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
    • People and buses wade through a flooded street.
      People and buses wade through a flooded street.
      © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
    • Two men on a makeshift raft sail through a flooded street.
      Two men on a makeshift raft sail through a flooded street.
      © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
    • A car wades through a flooded street.
      A car wades through a flooded street.
      © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
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    © AFP 2019 / YAMIL LAGE
    Stranded cars remain in a flooded street during an intense rainstorm in Havana.

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