Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

At least 10 people were killed in Cuba by Hurricane Irma, most of them crushed by collapsing buildings, authorities said on Monday, bringing the death toll from the ferocious storm to 38 in the Caribbean.

Seven of the dead were in the province of Havana, while fatalities also were reported in Matanzas, home to the tourist resort of Varadero, and the regions of Ciego de Avila and Camaguey farther east, according to a statement from civil defense authorities.

The storm crashed into Cuba late on Friday as the first Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds of than 157 mph (253 kph), to make landfall on the island since 1932, state media reported.

The eye of the hurricane scoured the islands on Cuba’s northern coast. Even its outer reaches were powerful enough to send waves of up to 36 feet (12 meters) chasing into Havana’s historic seafront boulevard on Sunday.

“Given the immensity of its size, practically no region escaped its impact,” Cuban President Raul Castro said in a statement published in state-run media on Monday. He called for Cubans to unite in order to rebuild the country.

“The task we have before us is immense but with a people like ours, we will win the most important battle: the recovery.”

Irma, which had winds of more than 160 mph (260 kph) by the time it reached Cuba, progressed for some 200 miles (322 km) along the island’s northern shore before the eye of the storm turned northward on Sunday to batter Florida.

Its winds tore off roofs, felled trees and downed electricity poles, causing flooding in many coastal towns, including the capital Havana, and leaving millions without electricity.

Two of the victims died in Central Havana, infamous for its creaking infrastructure, when a balcony crashed down onto their bus. Authorities attributed two other deaths to a collapsed roof and three to building collapses. (Reuters)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

A man looks out to the ocean three days after Hurricane Irma hit on Sept. 12, 2017 in Havana, Cuba. Hundreds of thousands still have no power as Cuba is recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irma. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

“Venceremos” (We will prevail) is written at the Tribuna Antiimperialista in front of the US Embassy (not in image), three days after Hurricane Irma passed over Cuba, on Sept. 12, 2017, in Havana, Cuba. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Havana’s Malecon waterfront is closed to traffic, three days after Hurricane Irma passed over Cuba, on Sept. 12, 2017, in Havana, Cuba. Hundreds of thousands still have no power as Cuba is recovering from the impact by hurricane Irma. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Debris is piled up in front of the house of Daylin Rodriguez at Havana’s Malecon waterfront, three days after Hurricane Irma passed over Cuba, on Sept. 12, 2017, in Havana, Cuba. Hundreds of thousands still have no power as Cuba is recovering from the impact by hurricane Irma. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Cubans clean their houses after the flooding, three days after Hurricane Irma passed over Cuba, on Sept. 12, 2017, in Havana, Cuba. Hundreds of thousands still have no power as Cuba is recovering from the impact by hurricane Irma. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Debris is piled up at Havana’s Malecon waterfront, three days after Hurricane Irma passed over Cuba, on September 12, 2017, in Havana, Cuba. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Cubans recover their belongings after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cojimar neighborhood in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

A Cuban stays in a flooded street in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

A woman covers herself with a towel in front of damaged buildings in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

A Cuban wades through a flooded street in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

View of flooded streets in Havana during the passage of Hurricane Irma, on Sept. 9, 2017.
(Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

A Cuban carrying his pet wades through a flooded street in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017.
Deadly Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes as it headed towards Florida. Authorities said they had evacuated more than a million people as a precaution, including about 4,000 in the capital.
(Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Cuban stay in a flooded street near the Malecon in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017.
(Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

A huge wave breaks near the Morro Castle in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

View of damages after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Locals enjoy sunset after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cojimar neighborhood in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Cubans stand in a flooded street in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged boat is seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Cubans stand in their flooded home in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo: Abel Ernesto/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

View of damages after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

View of damages after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

TOPSHOT – Locals wade through a flooded street after the passage of Hurricane Irma, at Caibarien, Villa Clara province, 330km east of Havana, on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Cubans recover their belongings after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cojimar neighborhood in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Cubans wade through flooded streets in Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

View of damages after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

A Cuban with a lantern in a flooded house in downtown Havana, on Sept. 10, 2017.
(Photo: Abel Ernesto/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Damaged buildings are seen in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba after Hurricane Irma passed through the area on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)