Death toll in Havana hotel explosion rises to 43


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The hotel was not operational at the time of the explosion, but 51 employees were preparing to reopen it, which is due this Wednesday.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited the site of the blast.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited the site of the blast.yamil lageAFP
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Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) said on Tuesday that the death toll in last Friday’s explosion at Havana’s Saratoga hotel had risen to 43.

As per the updated government report, 17 people hospitalized, Out of which six are in critical condition and two are in critical condition.

The total number of injured in the blast rose to 97, one more than the morning’s report, plus one additional death. Also, a total of 37 people have been discharged.

Barring a Spanish national as well as one of the injured, all the dead so far are of Cuban nationality.

Rescue service personnel work round the clock find more people in the rubble The establishment, which according to first information from the authorities exploded after a leak of liquefied gas.

Colonel of the Cuban Fire Department Louis Guzman, At least three hotel staff are still missing, they said.

“The search focused on the kitchen and dining room areas in high-risk situations, so rescuers and firefighters are safe as well,” Guzman said.

As to how long the operation might take, Guzman explained that an estimated time could not be offered.

“We want this to happen as soon as possible, but we cannot violate what has been established with security measures by making hasty decisions,” state media Cubedbet reported.

President Miguel Diaz-Canel Visited the site of the incident today to oversee the rescue work.

The hotel was not operational at the time of the explosion, but 51 employees were preparing to reopen it, which is due this Wednesday.

Saratoga was built in 1880 and served as a hotel since 1911. Its last restoration took place in 2005, when the building was deeply renovated.

This five-star luxury accommodation is located on the iconic Paseo del Prado Avenue in the historic center of the Cuban capital, one of the most visited by tourists visiting the island.

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