Confirmed: Hurricane Sandy death toll climbs to 58





The death toll following the passage of Hurricane Sandy has climbed even further in the Caribbean as it bears down on the US main land.

According to officials at least 58 people are now dead with Haiti accounting for the highest casualties with 44 and 12 other people now missing. Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas were directly, however Haiti has sustained the most damage as continuous rain has fell since October 23 as Haitian PM Laurent Lamothe describing the situation as a disaster of major proportions, "The whole South is under water" he informed. As Hurricane Sandy approaches the US East Coast it is expected to become a 'Super Storm'.



  
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Reggae Boyz plunge to 100 in latest FIFA rankings

Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team plunged by 15 places to 100th in the latest FIFA rankings released today. The Reggae Boyz are now tenth in CONCACAF, and third in the Caribbean region. Costa Rica in 15th place remain the top team in CONCACAF, which climbed to 15th are now the top team in CONCACAF, while Mexico (16), the USA (17), Panama, (55), Honduras (56), Guatemala (57), El Salvador (72), Antigua and Barbuda (80) Trinidad and Tobago (86) round out the top nine places in the region. Current World Cup champions Germany remain the top team in the world, followed by Argentina (2), Colombia (3), the Netherlands (4) and Belgium (5) are the top five teams, while. Brazil are sixth.
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Warning issued after Chikungunya cases climb to 31 in Jamaica

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Educator credits Students progress to Performance Arts involvement

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Virgin Media Ad campaign featuring Usain Bolt banned

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'Blade Runner' found guilty of culpable homicide

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Bus Operator fatally shot in Clarendon identified

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Suspect linked to murder of former Stone Crusher gang leader held

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