Explosion at Havana’s Saratoga Hotel kills 40


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The number has risen to nine in the last 24 hours, when rescue teams managed to reach the double basement of the building, where it was suspected that part of the workers were trapped.

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Rescuers are continuing search and rescue operations in a sector of the destroyed Hotel Saratoga.Ernesto MastrascusaEFE
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The death toll in the blast at the Saratoga Hotel in Havana rose to 40 on Monday, according to an afternoon count by Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP).

the number has increased Nine people in the last 24 hours, Once the rescuers managed to reach the double basement of the building, where it was suspected that part of the workers were trapped.

Among the dead are four minors in the age group of 10 to 77 years and one pregnant. They were all Cubans, except for a 29-year-old woman of Spanish nationality.

MINSAP also reported that the number of injured had risen to 94, of whom 18 were still admitted in six Havana hospitals, of which six were in critical condition, seven in critical condition. A total of 36 patients have been discharged in the recent hours.

According to previous estimates, There may still be some people trapped in the rubble, According to local officials, a search was on for a dozen people since this morning.

Eight bodies have been found since then, but it is not said how many people are still being searched for under the rubble.

After more than 48 hours of uninterrupted work, firefighters, rescue teams and emergency teams have achieved Access the double basement of the hotel, Where there were shops, a warehouse and various offices.

Due to the explosion, the ground floor of the hotel and the first floor above the basement collapsed, making the rescue work extremely difficult.

The risk of colliding with the unstable structure of the building has resulted in many difficulties in operating the heavy machinery.

las hope to find survivors Garbage starts to decrease between hotels 72 hours after the accident.

Cuban officials have reiterated that the search won’t stop Until it is confirmed that no one is under the rubble.

“We will not finish the work until the last worker waiting at the family home arrives,” the mayor of Old Havana Municipality told Efe from the outskirts of Saratoga. alexis acosta,

The hotel was not operational at the time of the accident, but 51 workers were inside, It is being prepared for a reopening, which is scheduled for this Wednesday.

Since the explosion on Friday morning, the Cuban government has reiterated on several occasions that it was a gas leak. The commission is examining the facts.

at the time of the explosion a liquefied gas tanker truck He was standing in front of the hotel and recharging the deposit amount of the establishment. It is believed that there may be a crack in the tube.

Another 17 nearby buildings suffered. explosion wave effect And over the next few days, three blocks and the hotel itself will have a technical evaluation to analyze whether they can be recovered or should be demolished.

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

This five star luxury accommodation . is located in The iconic avenue Paseo del Prado, In the historical center of the Cuban capital, the area most visited by tourists visiting the island.

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