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Lightning strike triggers oil inferno

Multiple firefighters feared lifeless after one other blasts rocks a burning Cuban oil depot

The Cuban authorities has pleaded for assist from “pleasant international locations” as firefighters are struggling to comprise a blaze, raging at a serious oil storage facility within the metropolis of Matanzas for a second day, following a thunderstorm on Friday evening. 

Only one individual was formally confirmed lifeless, however 17 firefighters have been listed as unaccounted for on Saturday, following a strong explosion on the Matanzas Supertanker Base. At least 121 individuals have been injured, 5 of them in crucial situation. Hundreds of civilians have been compelled to evacuate from the world.

The blaze was initially sparked by a lightning strike that hit one of many facility’s eight large gasoline tanks on Friday. On Saturday, the fireplace unfold to a second tank, regardless of navy helicopters always dropping sea water and firefighters pouring water on the remaining tanks to maintain them cool.

Struggling to comprise the blaze by itself, the federal government in Havana requested “assist and recommendation from pleasant international locations with expertise in gasoline,” based on President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s workplace.

“We specific deep gratitude to the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Russia, Chile… which have promptly provided materials support within the face of this complicated state of affairs,” Diaz-Canel tweeted on Saturday. The Cuban chief additionally acknowledged an “provide of technical recommendation from the US,” saying Havana “appreciates” the proposal.

The first flights with support from Venezuela and Mexico have been anticipated to reach in Matanzas, a metropolis of about 140,000 some 90 kilometers east of Havana, on Saturday evening, based on native media.