World ROUND-UP: Gustav 'like nuclear blast'.FIDEL Castro Noun 1. Fidel Castro - Cuban socialist leader who overthrew a dictator in 1959 and established a Marxist socialist state in Cuba (born in 1927)
Castro, Fidel Castro Ruz 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 Is·la de la Ju·ven·tud
See Isle of Youth. 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.