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3,000 left homeless from Hurricane Hugo
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Hugo
lashed the resort islands of the northeastern
Caribbean with 140 mph winds Sunday, tear
ing off roofs, knocking out communications
and reportedly leaving 3,000 people homeless.
The region’s most powerful storm in a dec
ade then swept toward the U.S. Virgin Islands
and Puerto Rico. Both governments mobilized
the National Guard, and residents rushed for
last-minute supplies and taped and boarded
At 3 p.m. EDT, Hugo’s center was located
near latitude 17 north and longitude 63.6 west,
about 185 miles east-southeast of San Juan,
said the National Weather Service in Florida.
The storm caused widespread damage early
Sunday as it passed near the island of Guadal
oupe, where 80 people were reported injured.
Damage also was reported on the islands of
Martinique, Antigua and Dominica.
The storm was moving at 12 mph and was
expected to hit the Virgin Islands Sunday night
and Puerto Rico this morning, the National
Weather Service said.
In San Juan, the Port Authority announced
that it was closing the Munoz Marin Interna
tional Airport to all flights at 6 p.m. It said all
international carriers had removed their planes
from Puerto Rico except for one American
Airlines A300 left behind for emergencies.
The Virgin Islands’ population is 106,000
and Puerto Rico has 3.3 million people.
Civil defense officials said up to 15,000
people could be evacuated from flood-prone
areas of western Puerto Rico, and hundreds had
already been moved into a sports stadium in
Mayaguez, the island’s third-biggest city.
National Guardsmen and volunteers drove
through San Juan, the capital, on Sunday issu
ing emergency instructions over loudspeakers.
First reports indicated that the French island
of Guadeloupe, the most southerly of the Lee
ward Islands, was the hardest hit of the string of
islands forming a 600-mile arc from the Lee
wards to the Greater Antilles.
Jocelyne Vandvurdenghe, a French govern
ment official in Martinique, said 80 people
were reported injured in Guadeloupe. There
were no immediate reports of deaths, she said.
Hugo slammed into Guadeloupe, which has
a population of 337,000, shortly after mid
night, downing power lines and blacking out
the island’s 30,700 telephones, state radio and
television and telex service.
State television in Martinique, Guade
loupe’s sister island, said 3,000 people were
left homeless. The report could not be con
Officials said many houses and buildings
were damaged. The eye of the storm passed
over St. Francois, a major tourist area on the
eastern end of the island.
The mayor of the village of St. Francois,
Ernest Moutoussamy, said on Guadeloupe’s
radio station Radio Caraibe Internationale that
“There’s nothing left of St. Francois.
“Aside from a few houses, almost all the
rest were destroyed,’’ he said, adding that
several tourist hotels, notably the Meridien,
suffered serious damage.
Martinique’s La Meynard Hospital was
sending a team of 10 doctors to Guadeloupe,
and the French government was flying in
communications experts. %
Norman Wathey, a broadcaster on the
Dutch and French island of St. Maarten, said
the hurricane was passing south of the island
and there were reports of many blown-off
roofs, uprooted trees and downed utility lines.
He said ham radio reports monitored in St.
Maarten indicated Hugo caused widespread
flooding and property damage in Antigua,
about 35 miles north of Guadeloupe.
Telecommunications to Montserrat, an
other island in Hugo’s path, were cut and
damage reports were unavailable.
Ukrainian Catholics demand
legal status by Gorbachev
MOSCOW --Tens of thousands
of Ukrainian Catholics gathered
on Sunday for the biggest religious
service since their church was out
lawed four decades ago and de
manded that Mikhail S Gorbachev
grant them legal status.
The two-hour outdoor Mass in
the Ukrainian city of Lvov, which
Western witnesses said drew up to
100.000 people, came on the 50th
anniversary of the dictator Josef
Stalin’s annexation of the western
Ukraine from Poland.
Ukrainian activists carrying
candles listed up at dusk in the
cobbleslooed streets of the city of
650.000 to mount die anniversary
of the Soviet takeover, said Ana
toly Dotsenko, a Moscow-based
member of the Ukrainian Helsinki
Group that monitors uuman rights
abuses in the republic.
The action was designed to
minor Aug. 23 demonstrations in
theohree Baltic republics in which
more than 1 million Estonians,
Lithuanians and Latvians joined
hands to pretest the annexation of
their lands
The Baltics and the western
Ukraine both became Soviet re
publics as a result of a secret pact
between Stalin and Adolf Hitler.
“Tonight let us all turn off the
electricity and put a candle in the
window to commemorate the mil
lions who died under Stalinist re
pression,” Ukrainian Catholic ac
tivist Ivan Gel told the worshipers '
in Lvov. “Those candles will also
symbolize the great hopes we have
for our one, our dear Ukraine.
“The time has come for free
dom for our church,” declared
Gel, head of the Committee in
Defense of the Ukrainian Catholic
The Ukrainians carried at least
300 bfue-and-yeflow flags of their
once independent homeland,
along with crosses, images of the
Virgin Mary and banners reading
“freedom for our church.”
The outdoor service under an -
overcast sky was only the latest
sign of reviving nationalist con
sciousness in the Soviet Union’s
second-most populous republic,
where a new grassroots pro-de
mocracy group called Rukh he ld
its founding congress last week.
Afghan guerrillas reject royalty
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Radi
cal Afghan fundamentalist guerrillas
warned Sunday they will assassinate
their country’s ousted king if he tries
to head a postwar government in
The threat comes after reports that
an envoy of the United States, a major
rebel backer, met with the exiled king
in Rome, where he has lived since his
nephew grabbed power in a 1973
“He takes a very grave risk of
being shot," said Nawab Salim,
spokesman for the hard-line Hezb-i
Islami party run by anti-American
Gulbaddin Hekmatyar. “The
mujahedeen (holy warriors) will not
let Zahir Shah come to Afghani
Also Sunday, Pakistan’s army
chief of staff told reporters Moscow
appears ready to abandon its ally,
Afghan President Najib, and, in a
departure from previous Pakistan
stances, recommended the resistance
negotiate with remaining leaders of
the Afghan Communist Party.
Bombs explode in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia - Three
bombs exploded Sunday in the drug
infested city of Cali, killing a security
guard, and a newspaper that has cru
saded against Colombia’s cocaine
barons said, one of its reporters was
slain by thugs.
Meanwhile, a top presidential
contender reportedly urged that no
more drug traffickers be extradited to
the United States.
The bombings in Cali occuired
shortly after midnight at two banks
and a shopping center, said Col. Rozo
Julio Navarro, chief of the national
police force in Cali.
The city of 1 million people about
185 miles southwest of Bogota is the
headquarters for one of Colombia’s
two cocaine cartels. The other is in
the northwest city of Medellin.
U.S. races flood of Soviet, other refugees
WASHINGTON - Now that the
doors of the Soviet Union have
opened after 20 years of American
knocking, the United States is faced
with the dilemma of handling an
unprecedented surge of Soviet
Critics charge the administra
tion’s response, as presented this
week on Capitol Hill after seven
months of deliberations, is inade
quate, unimaginative and risks miss
ing a historic opportunity.
Some say the U.S. government
could learn a thing or two from Soviet
President Mikhail Gorbachev’s open
door policy.
The administrauon argues it is
doing its best in the face of shrinking
budgets and the problem of dealing
with 14 million refugees worldwide,
many of whom would like to move to
the United States. "
Iran threatens to fight tor land
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Iranian
President Hashemi Rafsanjani said
Sunday that if Iraq does not relin
quish Iranian territory it seized in the
last days of the Persian Gulf war, his
country “will make it retreat by
It was the toughest statement
made by an Iranian leader since a
cease-fire in the eight-year war took
effect Aug. 20, 1988.
Iran’s official Islamic Republic
News Agency, monitored in Nicosia,
quoted Rafsanjani as telling com
manders of Iran’s Revolutionary
Guards: “We have no territorial
ambitions, but we will not cede one
inch of our Islamic land.”
Rafsanjani did not give Iraq a
deadline but said, “We will be pa
tient as far as possible.” His com
ments to commanders of the para
military Revolutionary Guards were
carried by the official Islamic Repub
lic News Agency in a report moni
tored in Nicosia.
“It will be very easy for us to
regain our land,” said Rafsanjani,
who was elected July 28. He made
clear Iran will not make any conces
sions to break a deadlock in peace
talks that began more than a year ago.
The Iranians insist there can be no
advance in the talks until the Iraqis
withdraw from Iranian soil.
Iran claims the Iraqis hold 1,028
square miles of Iranian border terri
tory. U.N. observers say the Iraqis
hold 386 square miles.
The land was captured in a series
of Iraqi offensives shortly before the
cease-fire took effect.
Those military setbacks were a
key factor in forcing Tehran to accept
the U.N. cease-fire resolution.
“Iran is not seeking any illogical
concession from Iraq, just as it will
not make any concessions to the en
emy, even if the present situation
lasts 10 years,’ ’ Rafsanjani said at the
Revolutionary Guards’ commanders
annual conference in Tehran.
“If one day we become certain
that the enemy is not willing to return
our land, we will make it retreat by
force,” he declared.
Rafsanjani said Iran has no desire
to resume the war, which by Western
military estimates killed more than 1
million people. Iran was believed to
have suffered losses three times as
heavy as Iraq.
h. Uermans try to stop exodus to West
^ BUDAPEST, Hungary - East
German and Czechoslovak authori
ties have begun seizing passports to
stop the flood of refugees fleeing to
the West, East German emigres said
Hungary’s foreign minister,
meanwhile, defended his country’s
decision to aid the immigrant exodus
and said the Warsaw Pact should
stick to military defense and not dic
tate ideology or foreign policy to its
In West Germany, officials said
they registered 1,400 new East Ger
man refugees during the weekend,
bringing to more than 16,000 the
number of East Germans who have
arrived since Hungary threw open its
borders to the West one week ago.
East German officials have said
they would not crack down on visas
for citizens wishing to visit Hungary.
But refugees and charity workers at
camps in Hungary said travel docu
ments were in fact being seized.
"More and more people are tell
ing us that their visas are being taken
from them,” said Wolfgang Wagner,
head of the West German Maltese
Aid Service. “Some have told me
that state security had come to their
apartments to take the visas.”
Others were forced off East Ger
man and Czechoslovak trains and
returned home, Wagner said in an
interview. A growing number were
forced to swim the Danube ‘ ‘or find
other illegal means of coming here,”
he said.
doiaiers continue to name
Moslems, Christians support Arab peace plan
DtiKu i, Leoanon - Moslem
leaders and Lebanon’s Christian pa
triarch voiced support for a new Arab
peace plan, but soldiers backing the
warring sides continued to battle
Sunday as mediators struggled to
implement a truce.
Only Christian Gen. Michel Aoun
has not commented on the plan, ap
parently undecided about provisions
to halt his weapons supply and its
failure to demand a Syrian troop
‘Police said one
person was killed
and 14 wounded
In and around
Police said one person was killed
and 14 wounded in night-long artil-'
lery clashes in and around Beirut that
subsided into intermittent machine
gun exchanges at dawn. That raised
the toll to at least 915 killed and 2,699
wounded since the latest fighting
erupted March 8.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister,
Prince Saud Faisal, arrived unexpect
edly Sunday in the Syrian capital,
Damascus, for talks with Syrian lead
ers on implementing the peace plan Lebanon under an Arab League
announced Saturday by an Arab peacekeeping mandate.
League committee. The Arab League committee
He delivered a letter to President comprising Fahd, King Hassan II of
Hafez Assad from King Fahd of Morocco and President Chadli
Saudi Arabia, according to officials Bendjedid of Algeria appealed ur
who would not disclose its contents, gently Saturday For an immediate
He then met with Vice President cease-fire.
Abdul-Halim Khaddam, architect of Its several previous calls for a
Syria’s 1976 military intervention in truce have been ignored.
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