AFP, Released on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 4:51 pm.
At least 60 people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in a tanker truck explosion in Haiti early Tuesday morning, with many more injured in critical condition.
The tragedy took place in Cape-Haiden, the second largest city in the Caribbean, which has been hit hard by security and economic crises and natural disasters.
According to Patrick Almonar, deputy mayor of Cape Haiden, the driver of the tanker tried to avoid a collision with a motorcycle taxi, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and overturn.
Residents will rush to the truck in defiance of the driver’s warning to retrieve much-needed fuel in Haiti before being massacred in the blast.
“The number has increased. We have now recorded 60 deaths,” the deputy mayor said. “Research is ongoing,” he said.
Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared three days of national mourning on Twitter “in memory of the victims of this tragedy that has plunged the entire Haitian nation into mourning.”
“About twenty” houses around the site of the blast were set on fire following the blast, Mr. According to Almonar, it raised fears of a higher death toll.
“We are not yet able to say how many people were killed inside the houses,” he said.
Identifying victims can take time. The deputy mayor said they could not be identified at the moment because of the burns.
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“We have no way of caring for the many who were severely burned,” a nurse at Justinian Hospital told AFP, where many were injured. “I’m afraid we can not save them all.”
“More than 60% of the body surface is burned,” said Dr. Calhill Duren, who was critically injured in the blast and died at the hospital.
Facing the emergency, the Prime Minister also announced the establishment of field hospitals “to provide much needed care to the victims of this horrific eruption”.
Haiti, a impoverished Caribbean country, has been hit by severe fuel shortages as gangs strangled to death in the vicinity of a gas station.
In recent months, armed gangs have increased their hold on Port-au-Prince, controlling the roads leading to the country’s three oil terminals.
Dozens of fuel trucks were hijacked by gangs demanding large ransoms for the release of drivers.
Which arouses severe dissatisfaction among the people; Demonstrations against petrol price hikes on Monday were in Haiti.
Since October, telecommunications networks and the media across the country have greatly reduced their operations because they could not find fuel for the heat generators that supply power to the antennas.
This energy crisis is also hampering the operation of some hospital structures across the country.
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