President Cuban decrees mourning for victims of Saratoga hotel | News
The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, decreed this Thursday two days of official mourning for the victims of the explosion of the Saratoga hotel in Havana, from 6:00 a.m. (local time) on Friday, May 13, until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday May 14.
Rises to 45 death toll from explosion in hotel in Cuba
From the official account of the presidency on the Twitter platform, they detailed that “during the validity of the official duel, the Lone Star Flag must be raised at half-staff in public buildings and military institutions.”
The duel is decreed after the Cuban authorities declared the rescue work at the Saratoga finished, after finding this Thursday the last person who, according to the claims of the relatives, and the information provided by the workers of the hotel facility .
After the rescue and salvage actions have been completed, it is confirmed that 44 compatriots and a Spanish citizen have lost their lives in the unfortunate accident so far.
— Presidency of Cuba ���� (@PresidenciaCuba)
May 12, 2022
With it, there are 45 fatalities, 44 Cubans and a Spanish citizen, as a result of the explosion that accidentally occurred last Friday, January 6, due to a gas leak when a liquefied gas tanker truck was recharging a tank of the aforementioned facility. hotel.
As part of a total of 98 people injured, of which 16 are still hospitalized, and another 38 patients were discharged.
In this sense, Colonel Luis Carlos Guzmán, national head of the Fire Department, stated that the rescue tasks intensified without stopping throughout the day, until they found the body of the girl, a hotel waitress and the last person reported missing. .
The official deepened that 90 percent of the premises of the building presents severe damage, which required extreme measures to prevent its collapse; At the same time, he explained that from now on the cleaning and removal of debris in the area of the explosion will continue.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Old Havana, Alexis Acosta, explained that after recovering the alleged last victim, the established schedule will continue, which includes, among other prioritized tasks, the recovery of buildings affected by the explosion.