(File pix) People clean a street affected by the floodings caused by the Hurricane Irma in Havana, Cuba, 13 September 2017. All Malaysians residing in Cuba and the Dominican Republic are reported safe after the struck. EPA Photo

PUTRAJAYA: All Malaysians residing in Cuba and the Dominican Republic are reported safe after Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, struck the Caribbean recently.

According to Wisma Putra, the Malaysian embassy in Havana, Cuba, has kept in touch with Malaysians in both countries to provide any forms of assistance if necessary.

“There are currently 19 Malaysians in Cuba, including eight students, and four Malaysians in the Dominican Republic.

“There are no Malaysians registered with the Malaysian embassy in the Bahamas and Haiti, which were badly affected by the hurricane,” said Wisma Putra in a statement today.

Wisma Putra also said the chancery and Rumah Malaysia at the Malaysian embassy in Cuba suffered minimal damage.

“Most parts of Havana are still experiencing power outages and a lack of running water.

“The situation in Cuba, particularly in Havana, is slowly returning to normal.”

The Malaysian embassy in Havana can be contacted during office hours (local time) at +53-7-2048883/84.

Members of the public can also contact its on-duty officer anytime at +53-5-5350936.

It was reported that Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cuba on Friday night, battering seaside towns and triggering floods in low-lying areas of Havana.

Hurricane-force winds of more than 200 km/h had blown off roofs, uprooted trees. The government of Cuba has since conducted evacuation efforts along the coast.

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