1 October, 2022

In Cuba, a fire of great proportions spreads in Matanzas, with dozens of injured

on friday night 5 August a fire broke out in the tank 52 of crude oil storage at the Matanzas Supertanker Base due to the impact of lightning.

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Cuba – transport minister, Eduardo Rodriguez Davila, reported that aid from Mexico and Venezuela should arrive in Cuba this Saturday afternoon.

Rene Mesa Villafaña, construction minister, He said that this organization has supported with trucks the work of confronting the fire.

The Governor of Matanzas, mario sabines, highlighted that today the residents of areas near the industrial zone were evacuated. There are 1 300 self-evacuated people, located mainly in the University of Matanzas and the Pedagogical.

on friday night 5 August a fire broke out in the tank 52 of crude oil storage at the Matanzas Supertanker Base due to the impact of lightning.

During the early hours and morning of this Saturday there have been four explosions in the second tank. The base had eight tanks.

So far they are taken care of 52 injured at the Faustino Pérez hospital, from the city of Matanzas. Three of the injured are in critical condition., an extreme critical and 10 graves, reported Dr. Taymí Martínez Naranjo, director general of the medical institution.

In a contact with Cuban television, the journalist Pedro Rizo Martínez reported that for the city of Matanzas there is no danger, authorities say.

He added that work is being done to contain the flames and they do not expand, but "they are visibly very close to the tanks and the specialists warn of the real danger of this happening".

"It has been impossible to enter the areas of the first and second tank because it is still on fire", he commented.

He warned that for the moment the fire and rescue troops have been withdrawn to preserve life.

In the meeting to review strategies to deal with the incident, Cuban President Díaz Canel insisted on the importance of carrying out a preliminary evaluation of the environmental impact caused by the column of smoke as a result of the fire.

Food was assigned to the protection zones and the Faustino Pérez hospital due to the number of injured people who are treated there. The Ministry of Health assigned six ambulances today, reported the governor.

He added that at the close of the 15:00 hours had been served 121 injured, 96 in Faustino and 25 in other institutions. of that number, have already been reported 85 medical discharges.