death toll in Explosion at the Saratoga hotelin Havana, the capital of Cuba, rose to 32 and the number of wounded to 80, as reported on Saturday (7) by local media.
The state news agency Prensa Latina reported that, according to the list of the restoration of family relations of the Red Cross, Gloria Bonin, 19 people are still missing, according to a list prepared by the body.
Bonin told the government website Cubadebate that the term “disappeared” is used to identify people who are not registered in a mortuary or hospital and who have not yet contacted family or friends.
Local authorities said the blast was not an attack and occurred yesterday when a liquefied gas tanker was filling the luxury hotel’s warehouse. The most likely hypothesis authorities are working with is that a leak caused the explosion.
Also on Saturday, the head of the Hospital Services Department of Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health, Julio Guerra, said 80 people were injured in the blast.
According to the source, 46 people were taken to the hospital, including 31 adults and 15 minors. Among them is a Spanish tourist. Guerra told Cuban state television that seven of the patients were in critical condition and three were in serious condition.
The source said that among the dead were four minors, a pregnant woman and a Spanish tourist. Rescue work continues near the Saratoga Hotel, which is located in the center of Old Havana.