A third fuel tank was reached by the flames, in the great fire that consumes an industrial zone in the Matanzas region on the island of Cuba.
The fire, which has been stoked for almost 30 hours, started due to the impact of lightning in one of the eight existing oil tanks in the complex.
The Cuban regime confirmed one dead, 16 disappeared and 121 hospitalized patients. Among the injured, there are 5 critical, 3 serious and another 28 care. So far, the dictatorship detailed, there are 1,300 self-evacuated people and 600 evacuees in work centers.
The dictator of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and his prime minister, Manuel Marrero, traveled to Matanzas at dawn to closely follow the evolution of the event and visited the wounded at the nearby Faustino Pérez provincial hospital.
This incident occurs only three months after the explosion at the Saratoga hotel in Havana that left 47 dead.
En este minuto | Así se ve el incendio de los tanques de combustible en #Matanzas. “A veces parece que se va a apagar y después vuelven las llamas más largas hacia el tercer tanque”, me dice un vecino. pic.twitter.com/JvPzfLdglC— Mario J. Pentón (@MarioJPenton) August 7, 2022
Given the magnitude of the incident, the Cuban regime requested international help and advice with experience in the oil issue.
Díaz-Canel thanked countries such as Mexico, Venezuela, Russia, Nicaragua, Argentina and Chile on Twitter, “which have promptly offered solidary material aid in the face of this complex situation.” “We also appreciate the offer of technical advice from the US,” he added.
Earlier, the Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, confirmed on Twitter that the aid offered by this country will be coordinated with the US.
The US government “offered technical advice, a proposal already in the hands of specialists for proper coordination,” he said.
The US embassy in Cuba reported that it was “in contact with Cuba about the incident in Matanzas.” “In the meantime, we want to make it clear that US law authorizes US entities and organizations to provide disaster relief and response in Cuba.”