Haiti explosion: At least 62 dead after gas tanker explodes in Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city

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The scenario stays “important,” Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor stated on Tuesday, who additionally prolonged an attraction for blood donations.

Almonor stated the gas tanker exploded after it had stopped because of mechanical points and started leaking gasoline. Folks gathered to gather gas instantly from the truck when the explosion occurred, he stated.

Haiti has been crippled by a extreme gas scarcity that has led to energy outages and protests.

Cap-Haitien is the country's second-largest city.

The injury to town is in depth, in response to Almonor. “We now have almost 50 homes impacted by the hearth and most of them will must be demolished,” he stated.

“Town will want quite a lot of assist to return out of this tragedy, the central authorities is providing to assist however we’re ready to see it,” he added.

“We imagine we’ll want extra than simply the central authorities, the scenario is important.”

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Native officers say rescue efforts are ongoing and that the demise toll is predicted to rise. Haitian authorities say they’ve deployed two area hospitals to Cap Haitien.

Not less than six folks had been airlifted from Cap-Haitien to a hospital specializing in extreme burns in capital metropolis Port-au-Prince, in response to Medical doctors with out Borders, which runs the hospital.

UNICEF will ship medical kits for hospitals in Cap-Haitien for the therapy of the burn victims, in response to an announcement from spokesman Ndiaga Seck.

“UNICEF sympathizes with the ache of grieving households and households whose members have been injured,” added Seck within the assertion.

Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has declared three days of nationwide mourning within the wake of the explosion, “in reminiscence of the victims of this tragedy which grieves your complete Haitian nation.”