Cuba raises death toll to 45 after Saratoga hotel blast


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All those killed in the blast are Cubans – including four minors and a pregnant woman, except for a young Spanish tourist whose ashes have already been repatriated.

Photos of the rescue effort.
Photos of the rescue effort.yamil lageAFP

The Cuban government said on Thursday that the death toll in the blast at the Saratoga Hotel in Havana has risen to 45. Identification of the last dead body found, With which the rescue operation came to an end.

According to data from the Ministry of Public Health (MinSAP), the number of injured rose to 99 (one more after noon), of whom 15 are hospitalized and 39 have been discharged.

All those killed in the blast are Cubans – including four minors and a pregnant woman – except a young Spanish tourist, whose ashes have already been repatriated.

Institute It was not open to the public at the time of the explosion. The 51 employees who were inside the hotel were adapting it to reopen after the pandemic on May 10.

The Cuban government assured that the cause of the accident was a gas leak When a liquefied gas tanker truck was filling a store tank.

Mayor of the Municipality of Old Havana, Alexis Acosta, He said that once the rescue is over, the adjoining buildings will be retrieved. Apart from the hotel, at least 17 buildings suffered various damages.

“We will move on to other priority asset recovery operations, for which there is a schedule,” he explained.

President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, The official newspaper Granma reported that two days of official mourning were ordered this Thursday, from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on May 13.

Saratoga was built in 1880 and served as a hotel since 1911. Its last restoration was in 2005, when it underwent major rehabilitation.

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