Haiti explosion: at the minimum 62 dead after gas tanker explodes in Cap-Hai…

Haiti explosion: at the minimum 62 dead after gas tanker explodes in Cap-Hai…

The situation remains “basic,” Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor said on Tuesday, who also extended an popularity for blood donations.

Almonor said the fuel tanker exploded after it had stopped due to mechanical issues and began leaking gas. People gathered to collect fuel directly from the truck when the explosion occurred, he said.

Haiti has been crippled by a harsh fuel shortage that has led to strength outages and protests.

Cap-Haitien is the country's second-largest city.

The damage to the city is extensive, according to Almonor. “We have nearly 50 houses impacted by the fire and most of them will need to be demolished,” he said.

“The city will need a lot of help to come out of this tragedy, the central government is offering to help but we are waiting to see it,” he additional.

“We believe we will need more than just the central government, the situation is basic.”

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Local officials say rescue efforts are current and that the death toll is expected to rise. Haitian authorities say they have deployed two field hospitals to Cap Haitien.

at the minimum six people had been airlifted from Cap-Haitien to a hospital specializing in harsh burns in capital city Port-au-Prince, according to Doctors without Borders, which runs the hospital.

UNICEF will send medical kits for hospitals in Cap-Haitien for the treatment of the burn victims, according to a statement from spokesman Ndiaga Seck.

“UNICEF sympathizes with the pain of grieving families and families whose members have been injured,” additional Seck in the statement.

Haiti’s chief Minister Ariel Henry has declared three days of national mourning in the wake of the explosion, “in memory of the victims of this tragedy which grieves the complete Haitian nation.”

Reporting contributed by CNN’s Caitlin Hu in New York City and Hamdi Alkhshali in Atlanta.

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