There are 42 dead in the explosion in a hotel in Havana – News

The bodies of two neighbors, a 77-year-old woman and a 55-year-old councilman, were extracted today from the rubble, with which the dead add up to 42 for the explosion recorded four days ago at the Saratoga hotel in the Cuban capital, Havana.

According to the latest balance from the Ministry of Public Health, 54 people were injured by the explosion and 17 of them are still hospitalized, the agency reported. AFP.

The list of deceased now includes Maria Consuelo Alvarez (77) and the delegate of the People’s Power (councilor) of the neighborhood, Juan Carlos Diaz (55), which the neighbors had been looking for since Friday.

On Friday, the luxurious Saratoga hotel, located on a busy Paseo del Prado in Old Havana, it exploded around noon when it was refueled with gas.

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This emblematic five-star hotel had been closed for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic and was preparing to reopen to the public, but its first four floors were destroyed.

Roberto Enrique Calzadilladelegate of the state company Gaviota, current owner of the hotel, stated in a press conference that at the time of the explosion there were 51 workers in the building.

Of the total, 23 bodies were recovered, three survivors remain hospitalized and 22 were discharged, while three employees – two waitresses and a cook – are still missing.

Calzadilla explained that preliminary studies indicate that the architecture of the hotel was “80% affected.”

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Tourism is the main economic activity in Cuba after the sale of medical services and was greatly affected by the pandemic.

Questioned by the press, Carmen Casals, spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourismruled out that this accident would harm the tourist image of the island.

“I think that the image of Cuba will continue to be a destination of peace, tranquility, security and solidarity,” he concluded.