Storm leaves three dead in Havana

People walk on a street after flooding caused by heavy rains in Havana April 30, 2015. Three people died as a result of torrential rains and high winds that damaged more than two dozen structures and flooded parts of Havana, local media reported
People walk on a street after flooding caused by heavy rains in Havana April 30, 2015. Three people died as a result of torrential rains and high winds that damaged more than two dozen structures and flooded parts of Havana, local media reported Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HAVANA (AFP) - Three people died as a result of torrential rains and high winds that damaged more than two dozen structures and flooded parts of Havana, local media reported Thursday.

The official Granma newspaper said the Cuban capital was hit Wednesday afternoon by a line of severe thunderstorms packing winds of up to 98kmh.

The island's civil defence command said the victims included a 77-year-old woman who drowned in flood waters that swept parts of Old Havana.

The newspaper also said a 23-year-old man was electrocuted by a falling powerline.

State-run television also reported the death of a 43-year-old lawyer.

Parts of the city faced electricity outages, the state electric power company said.

The storm also toppled trees, ripped away roofs and damaged walls.

Three buildings collapsed, and 24 other structures suffered damage, Granma said.

Building collapses are not uncommon in Old Havana where housing stock is densely inhabited and in poor condition.

An estimated 10,000 people were forced to leave their homes, to be taken in by family, friends or at three shelters opened in the city, the civil defence agency reported.