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A tanker truck explodes in Haiti, leaving at least 75 dead

  • United Nations confirms the deployment of the Humanitarian Air Services

At least 75 people have died as a result of the explosion of a tanker truck early Tuesday in the city of Cap Haitien, which is located in northern Haiti, according to a new death toll confirmed by local authorities. Of the total number of deaths, 60 have lost their lives at the scene, while another 15 have perished in hospital. In addition, another 48 people are hospitalized for burns, while an estimated is estimated to be twenty houses that have been destroyed

reports the newspaper 'Haiti Libre'.

The Government has decreed three days of mourning for an incident that has also mobilized the UN and NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF). According to the authorities, the explosion occurred when a group of people approached the truck, which was overturned, to try to take the fuel. Thus, the United Nations has deployed Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) in the Central American country, as well as “other air assets” that are already working on the transport of medical material and supplies.

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The deputy spokesman for the UN General Secretariat, Farhan Haq, has estimated about fifty people injured as a result of the explosion, which also affected several motorcycles and at least 20 homes near the scene of the events. “Hospitals in the city are overwhelmed with injured people, most of whom are being treated in courtyards due to the lack of hospital beds,” Haq lamented.

The country, where some 700,000 people need humanitarian aid, has been suffering for months a serious fuel crisis, largely derived from the blockade imposed by armed groups between mid-October and mid-November . The distribution problems were compounded by the government's decision to eliminate diesel and kerosene subsidies, which resulted in the prices of both products practically doubling. The cost of gasoline, for its part, has risen by around 20%, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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