Cuban President Fidel Castro said his country will reject humanitarian relief from the United States and the European Union (EU) after the hurricane Dennis killed at least 16 people and caused serious damage in the island, local press reported Tuesday.
"If the United States offered one billion dollars we would say no. Better remove the genocidal blockade on our country," Castro said.
Castro said Dennis caused a 1.4-billion-dollar material damage to the country, where one million people had to be evacuated and 2.5 million people lost access to drinking water.
During the hurricane, which swept through the country last Friday, 36 electricity pylons were brought down, while 20 km of railway and road were destroyed and 270 schools damaged, media reports said.
There were also 120,000 houses affected by the hurricane, of which 15,000 were completely destroyed, said Castro.