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The tragedy of the Saratoga hotel in Havana claimed the lives of 27 people, 19 people are still wanted

Explosion due to gas leak Hotel Saratoga in Havana Until today Saturday, it has claimed the lives of 27 people, including Spanish women, and 81 people were injured.

These figures are preliminary and may continue to rise in the coming hours as waste removal work in the building continue and are still looking for 19 people, mostly hotel workers.

Looking for 19 more people

In fact, technicians and heavy equipment worked all day in the ruins of the building with great difficulty, because the infrastructure is very spoiled and new landslides may occur. The task of rescuers is still to gain access to the basement, as there are suspicions that there may be some caught man.

Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, who returned this Saturday to visit the scene, said in media statements that there were “indications that there could be” more people inside. The work is difficult, and “promoting requires a lot of work,” he explained.

Governor of the Province of Havana Reinaldo Garcia Zapatapointed out in this regard at a press conference that the floor of the first floor and the first floor had collapsed on the basement floor.

“The work has been uninterrupted until now, and we will continue to work in the same spirit until we save the last person who can be under the rubble“, – assured at a press conference Garcia, who admitted that he did not know how long it would take them to gain access to the basement.

Among the dead were four minors and a pregnant woman.

According to him Ministry of Health (Minsap), 13 men and 14 women, aged 10 to 77, have died. Among them are four minors and a pregnant woman. The Spanish government, for its part, mourned the death of a Galician citizen in the explosion. Christina Lopez-Seron Ugarte29 years.

Minsapa added that wounded 81 people were injured in the accident, of which 37 remain in hospital after 17 were discharged during this Saturday. Eight of them remain critical and six are serious. Of the total number of admitted 15 minors. Among the wounded there is a Spaniard. Cesar Roman Santallapartner of a deceased Spanish woman.

With regard to the missing persons, the Governor of Havana indicated that they looking for 19 people because their families fear they might be found among the rubble.

Among them are about a dozen hotel workers, as the delegate of the Cuban West of the Cuban state tourism group Gaviota explained at a press conference, Roberto Enriquez Calzadilla.

gas leak

The Cuban government stated that it appeared to be gas leakas shown by preliminary investigations. The commission is investigating the facts.

Diaz-Canel ruled out that it was a “bomb” or a terrorist attack.

At the time of the explosion LPG tank truck I parked in front of the hotel and topped up the hotel deposit. It is assumed that the hose may have had a crack. Diaz-Canel already spoke this Friday of an “accident” and ruled out that it was a “bomb” or a terrorist attack.

The explosion caused part of the seven-story building to collapse and the facades of the first three floors tore off, raining tons of rubble onto the normally busy pavement.

Other 17 adjoining buildings were damaged in the accident and a technical evaluation of the three buildings and the hotel itself will be carried out over the next few days to see if they can be salvaged or need to be demolished.

Saratoga It was built in 1880, and since 1911 has functioned as a hotel. According to official media, its last restoration took place in 2005. With five stars, the hotel was considered one of the more luxurious from the city. The institution is completely Paseo del Pradoone of the main avenues of Old Havana, in the historic center of the Cuban capital, one of its great historical landmarks.

The event comes as the island’s tourism sector is trying to restart after a two-year forced hiatus due to the pandemic, which has exacerbated the country’s economic hardship.

The hotel was considered one of the most luxurious in the city.

The governor of Havana stressed that this accident “has nothing to do with the safety that Cuba has demonstrated” for international tourists. Tourism is the second largest sector of Cuban Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with a 10% contribution in 2019 and the second source of foreign exchange earnings.

Cuba received more 450,000 tourists between January and April and aims to attract 2.5 million foreign visitors throughout the year. The figure is significantly higher than the previous year, but still far from the pre-pandemic volume.


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