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10 killed in Cuba by Hurricane Irma

AFFECTED: Palm trees sway in the wind prior to the arrival of the Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Cuba on Friday. (Photo Credit: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

AT LEAST 10 people were killed in Cuba by Hurricane Irma, state news media said.

Island officials have also announced that at least 33 people in the Caribbean have been killed by Hurricane Irma.

More than 1,200 Americans were rescued Saturday from Sint Maarten, where 70 percent of the buildings were destroyed.

Residents in Barbuda, where up to 95 percent of structures were destroyed, were evacuated to Antigua.

At least 10 people are dead in Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma barreling through the island – the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the island nation since 1924. Evacuations are still underway in the Caribbean, where more aid is arriving after the hurricane raked a destructive path through the continental United States.

The majority of the victims in Cuba were killed by collapsing buildings, the BBC reported. Cuba's president, Raul Castro said recovering from the impact of the hurricane would be an "immense task."

Evacuation and aid efforts are in progressing across much of the Caribbean, with France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom already having boots on the ground.

The U.S. government said it would be sending a flight to evacuate its citizens from St. Martin, one of the hardest-hit islands, on Monday, the Associated Press reported. Evacuees were told to expect long lines and no running water when they arrived at the airport.

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