A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti, killing greater than 53 individuals and injuring dozens of others.
Footage shared on-line confirmed the aftermath of the explosion with the flames pouring from the wreckage of the car.
The blast occurred late on Monday December 13, within the metropolis of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry stated, including that three days of nationwide mourning have been declared.
“Three days of national mourning will be decreed throughout the territory, in memory of the victims of this tragedy that the entire Haitian nation is grieving,” Mr. Henry tweeted.
“Field hospitals will be quickly deployed in Cap-Haïtien to provide the necessary care to the victims of this terrible explosion.”
He stated his administration was deploying area hospitals to the world to assist these affected.
Patrick Almonor, deputy mayor of Cap-Haitien, instructed The Associated Press that a minimum of 53 deaths and greater than 100 injured have been reported following the explosion that burned round 20 properties close to the positioning.
He stated he expects the variety of deaths to maintain rising as a result of individuals who died of their properties haven’t but been counted.
Mr Almonor stated a neighborhood hospital is in dire want of extra nurses, medical doctors and fundamental medical provides to assist these injured.
The explosion occurred as Haiti struggles with a extreme scarcity of gasoline and spiralling costs.
“It’s terrible what our country has to go through,” Mr Larose stated.
Former prime minister Claude Joseph additionally mourned the victims, tweeting: “I share the pain and sorrow of all the people.”