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World ROUND-UP: Gustav 'like nuclear blast'.

FIDEL Castro has likened Hurricane Gustav's destruction in Cuba to a nuclear explosion.

He suggested the storm would cost the government "30 or 40 times" more than pounds 50m in losses.

In an essay published yesterday, the 82-year-old former president wrote that television footage of the devastation on Isla de la Juventud off the country's mainland reminded him of "the desolation I saw when I visited Hiroshima".

About 476,000 Cubans were evacuated, and there were only 19 injuries and no deaths.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2008
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