The body of a 26-year-old Spanish woman has been found at the site of an explosion that occurred on Friday morning at the Saratoga Hotel in Havana, the Cuban Ministry of Tourism announced on Saturday. Tourism Minister Juan Carlos Garcia said the explosion occurred while unloading a tanker carrying around 10,000 liters of liquefied gas.
A Spaniard was injured in the blast, according to Cuban tourism group Gaviota, which operates the hotel. Official figures showed at least 26 people were killed and 80 injured in the blast. A total of 46 people, including 15 children, are currently being treated in hospital.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited the site of the blast on Saturday, where rescue efforts continued as firefighters and rescuers, equipped with heavy machinery, cleared the rubble and searched for survivors. According to Cuban public television, 19 people are still missing.
Located across from Cuba’s National Capitol building, the five-star hotel was set to reopen on Tuesday as part of the country’s bid to revive tourism.
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