Government of Cuba confirms that it coordinates the help of the United States to put out a great fire

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The fire of two fuel tanks in Matanzas continues without control.

Photo: YAMIL LAGE / AFP / Getty Images

MATANZAS, Cuba – The government of Cuba confirmed this Saturday that it coordinates with the United States the aid offered by that country before the great fire which is still active in two of the eight crude oil deposits in the industrial zone of the city of Matanzas, in the north of the country and about 100 miles from Havana.

Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, wrote on Twitter that the US government “offered technical advice, a proposal already in the hands of specialists for proper coordination.”

Other governments have joined offer help in the face of the catastrophic fire that continues without control after lightning caused one of the fuel tanks to catch fire on Friday and then on Saturday the flames blew up a second fuel tank.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel thanked the governments of Venezuela, Russia, Nicaragua, Argentina and Chile for their offers of help, as well as technical advice from the United States.

“We deeply appreciate the condolences and expressions of help from various organizations and people from the US due to the incident in Matanzas,” added the Vice Chancellor.

The United States Embassy in Cuba also reported on Twitter 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,” the embassy reported on its Twitter account.

At least 17 firefighters missing and about 80 injured and more than 1,000 evacuated It is the balance of the fire caused by the explosion in two fuel tanks in Matanzas, the Presidency reported this Saturday.

The governor of Matanzas, Mario Sabines, specified that operations continue to transport those people who live in vulnerable places and may be exposed to air pollution.

pictures show helicopters spraying seawater and sand over the burning area to prevent the spread of fire, as well as actions to cool the rest of the tanks and prevent possible explosions.

The affected crude oil deposits, with a capacity of 50,000 cubic meters, are located in the Supertanker Base in an industrial area of ​​Matanzas, near the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant, the main one in the country.

More power outages announced

The Cuban electricity company forecast for this Saturday another day of blackouts during peak hours due to a 35% shortfall in demand.

The Electric Union (UNE) reported that the service was affected throughout the day on Friday and this morning.

The report of the state company announced an availability of 2,216 megawatts (MW), a demand of 3,000 MW, with which the deficit will be 784 MW.

The UNE, which also calculates a maximum impact of 750 MW during daytime hours, indicated that it estimates that power cuts will occur during much of the day.

With information from EFE

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