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Today is a crucial day, Cuban President says

Matanzas, Cuba, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said that "today is a crucial day," referring to the arduous work being carried out to extinguish a fire at the supertankers terminal in the bay of Matanzas, western Cuba.

From the command post in that western province, he assessed the strategy for the next hours, he announced on his Twitter account.

In a previous tweet, he extolled the work of helicopter pilots of the Air Force of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, who flew over the darkest and hottest area to sprinkle sea water over the fierce fire that broke out on Friday, August 5, when an electrical discharge amidst a thunder storm hit tank number 52 of the Matanzas facility.

The Cuban president said in the first hours of the incident that it would be a difficult job and then added that the extinction of the fire could still take some time, “but strategies for recovery are already being drawn up”.

Likewise, he thanked the solidarity received by the friends of Cuba, inside and outside the Caribbean island, and for the help of Mexico and Venezuela with the sending of professionals and technicians to face the current situation.

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