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U.N. Approves Aid For Cuba After Storm

The United Nations has raised $1.9 million to buy food, medicine and building materials to help Cubans recover from Hurricane Lili, officials said Thursday.

Cuba asked for international assistance after the storm swept through the island last week, destroying 5,460 homes, damaging 78,855 and wiping out thousands of acres of crops.

The majority of the aid - $1.6 million - came from the international Red Cross. The remaining amount came from Spain, Norway and the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs.

U.N. officials said they expected further contributions now that Cuba has started to make public the extent of the damage.

President Clinton agreed on Wednesday to let planes carrying food, clothing and medicine for Cuban victims fly from the United States directly to the island.