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Hurricane Irma batters already struggling Cuban economy

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By Marc Frank and Sarah MarshHAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's cash-strapped economy has suffered this year from a decline in aid from its chief ally Venezuela, lower exports and a brake on market reforms. And then came Hurricane Irma. The strongest storm to strike Cuba in more than 80 years ravaged infrastructure throughout the country, collapsing the power grid and damaging crops after it slammed ashore late Friday. In the keys along the northern coast, it battered beach resorts popular with foreign tourists and knocked out the airport they use.The cost of rebuilding as well as the lost revenues ...

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 05:08 IST