Colombia’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday expressed solidarity with Cuba and Haiti where hurricane Sandy has killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes.
In a press statement on the ministry’s website, members of the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos “to the governments and people of Cuba and Haiti we express our sincere wish for the soon recuperation of the affected communities, taking into account that the passing of the hurricane was devastating, for the human losses and the serious material damage.”
Sandy’s powerful winds and rains were blamed for at least 41 deaths in several Caribbean countries, including 11 in Cuba. Most were killed by falling trees and building collapses.
Authorities on the eastern coast of the U.S. are on high alert for possible major flooding and torrential rains. Governors in states along the East Coast declared emergencies, with officials urging residents to stock up on food, water and batteries.
On its current projected track, Sandy could make U.S. landfall on Monday night or Tuesday anywhere between Maryland and southern New England, forecasters said.