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Cuban President stresses rescue priority at Saratoga hotel (+Photos)

Cuban President stresses rescue priority at Saratoga hotel (+Photos)

Havana, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel today stressed the priority of finding the people reported missing after the gas explosion that severely Havana's Saratoga Hotel.

With the hashtag #FuerzaCuba, the Cuban leader wrote on Twitter that since the fateful May 6, the government’s Temporary Working Group created for that purpose has been checking actions to be taken to deal with the consequences of the accident at that tourist facility.

Since the first minutes after the explosion that so far killed 40 people and injured about a hundred, firefighters and rescuers have been working tirelessly to find those who were trapped under the debris of the facility,

The search continues today for nearly five people who are presumed to remain in the basement area, reported Colonel Luis Carlos Guzman, head of the Cuban Fire Brigade.

Meanwhile, 18 injured people, including five children and 13 adults, out of the total of 94 who were assisted, continue to be treated in six hospitals.

About 80 citizens, whose homes are damaged, are being accommodated in tourism institutions, where the necessary living conditions are being created.

According to the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in Havana, Luis Antonio Torres, this Tuesday, construction work will begin for the recovery of one of the nearby buildings affected by the explosion.

The damage to the National Capitol will be repaired by next Monday and the Marti Theater should be ready for operation by September of this year, Torres assured.


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