Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AP)
More than 50 people have been killed and dozens injured in recent disasters after a truck carrying gasoline collapsed and exploded due to a fireball in northern Haiti, hitting a country that has had problems this year. had increased.
An explosion erupted in the coastal city of Cap-Haitien late Monday, with survivors jumping and screaming as the fire consumed parts of the neighbourhood. Hours later, a local hospital was overwhelmed by the wounded in search of basic supplies and more medical staff.
Dave LaRose, a civil engineer working in Cap-Haitien, told The Associated Press that dozens of bodies were lying near the blast site, some pulling gasoline from trucks and roads and taking it home.
An explosion occurred as Haiti was suffering from severe fuel shortages and rising gasoline prices, most recently hospitals isolating patients, temporarily closing gas stations, schools and businesses, and the governments of the US and Canada becoming citizens. . I urged them to leave when they were there.
“What our country has to experience is terrifying,” Larose said.
Haiti aims to recover from the July 7 assassination of the president and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in mid-August that killed more than 2,200 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Gang-related kidnappings are also on the rise in more than 11 million countries, including 17 missionaries from American religious groups who were abducted in mid-October. Five of them have been released, but 12 more are still intact.
Now, the Haitians have observed that they are mourning the victims of the explosion. Officials believe it happened after the gas truck overturned in an attempt to prevent it from colliding with the motorcycle.
At least 53 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in explosions that hit about 20 houses near the site, he said. He said he expects the death toll to continue to rise, as the death toll in their homes has not yet been counted.
“It’s scary what happened,” he said. “We have lost many lives.”
According to Armoner, local hospitals are in dire need of nurses, doctors and basic medicine to help the injured.
“We are overwhelmed,” Dr. A man identified as Calhill Turin told Le Nouveliste.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he was devastated and announced that his administration had deployed field hospitals in the area to help those affected.
“Three days of national mourning will be announced across the region in memory of the victims of this tragedy that the entire Haiti people are grieving,” he tweeted.
Former Prime Minister Claude-Joseph also condoled the victims and tweeted, “I share everyone’s pain and sorrow.”