At least 121 people were injured in a fire at a Cuban oil depot in the province of Matanzas. This was announced on Saturday, August 6, in a government statement on Twitter.
“121 patients have been hospitalized, five of them are in critical condition, three are in serious condition,” the report says.
In addition, France 24 TV channel reports that 17 people are missing.
According to regional authorities, about 800 people were evacuated from areas adjacent to the oil storage facility.
It is noted that a fire in one of the oil storage tanks with a volume of 25 thousand cubic meters. m began on August 5 due to a lightning strike. On Saturday morning, the fire from one fuel tank spread to another, causing a huge plume of smoke to rise.
Firefighting continues. To do this, Cuba requested international assistance.
Earlier, on August 5, it was reported that an explosion occurred at the factory for the production of cartridges and ammunition Industrias Tecnos in the city of Ahuatepec in the state of Morelos in central Mexico, six people were injured.
Two victims managed to be treated on the spot, four more were taken to the hospital, they are being treated.
Information about the possible causes of the incident was not made public. It is expected that in the near future, employees of the competent authorities will begin to investigate the circumstances of the incident.