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The fire at the Matanzas supertanker port leaves almost 80 injured and 17 missing – El Periódico

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The authorities order mass evacuations from nearby towns due to the danger of toxic gases. At least 77 people have been injured and 17 firefighters are currently missing due to the huge fire declared in the supertanker port of the Cuban city of Matanzas, some 80 kilometers east of Havana. The Comandante Faustino Pérez provincial hospital has confirmed at least 77 injuries from the fire, ten more than the estimates minutes before by the Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal, who had specified three critical injuries, three very serious, 12 serious, 20 less serious. and 29 minor, according to statements collected by the ‘Diario de Cuba’. Faced with this situation of “imminent danger of the dissemination of toxic gases”, the local government of Matanzas has ordered “the massive evacuation of the closest populations”, beginning with the extraction of 800 people in Dubrocq, near the industrial zone of Matanzas where the fire happened. “The purpose is to continue the evacuation. The La Ganadera community and other nearby areas are included. The objective is to exercise extreme caution,” said Governor Mario Sabines Lorenzo. The Cuban media have reported the explosion of up to four of the eight fuel tanks in the area, which has fueled the flames that have caused burns to several people. Ambulances are already transferring those affected to hospitals while firefighters from Matanzas, Mayabeque, Havana and Artemisa continue to work to control the fire, caused by lightning that struck a 55,000-liter oil tank. International aid The first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in Matanzas, Susely Morfa, has confirmed that the fire is still active. “The situation is difficult, but we persevere strongly. Massacres at the foot of the canyon,” she highlighted Morfa. For his part, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has visited and “shares impressions” with the wounded, according to the Matanzas regional government. The Cuban president has ordered the search for the disappeared, as well as care for the relatives, and has requested international aid. Related news “Help and advice were requested from friendly countries with experience in the oil issue. Strategies for recovery are already being drawn up,” he said. Several Red Cross and Rescue and Salvage brigades from Havana to provide assistance to those injured in the accident. Specifically, the Cuban Presidency has reported that they have been in contact with “friendly countries” “with experience in the oil issue,” for which reason there is already speculation with the collaboration of Mexico and Venezuela. The United States is another of the countries with the experience, resources and technologies to deal with this type of catastrophe, but the economic blockade would make this help difficult. Seen by satellite Cuban Television has reported that during the night and early morning the residents of the areas near the fire that affects the Matanzas Supertanker Base have been evacuated. Dozens of people have been housed in public institutions and relatives’ houses with buses and other vehicles. The fire is of such proportions that it can be seen in satellite images shared on social networks and the column of smoke is also visible from the capital, Havana. Cuban media outlets based outside the island, such as Martí Noticias, point out that the burned fuel is used to supply the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant, the most important in the country.

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