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During a seven-hour speech that ended at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, President Fidel Castro pored over the details of Dennis' damages and questioned seven Communist Party leaders about the pace of cleanup and recovery in their provinces.
Wearing his customary military uniform, Castro called Dennis a "mercenary" storm and compared the impact of its 24-hour lashing to the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 by exiles.
Dennis slammed the southeastern coast on Thursday, killing 13 in the province of Granma and two in Santiago, Castro said. The storm claimed another life in Sancti Spiritus province before raking across central Cienfuegos and Matanzas provinces.
The storm exposed weaknesses in Cuba's decayed housing, especially in provincial villages where wooden houses can be as old as 100 years and are rarely repaired because of lack of money and materials. About 15,000 homes were destroyed and another 24,000 had their roofs ripped off by Dennis' 135-mph winds.