31 people died from the explosion that occurred this Friday at the Hotel Saratoga, in downtown Havana, the Cuban Ministry of Public Health reported this Sunday.
“So far 85 people have been injured, of which 24 are hospitalized, 30 patients have been discharged and 31 have died,” pointed out health authorities.
The explosion occurred around 11:00 local time and the first floors of the emblematic building were completely destroyed. “It was not a bomb or an attack, it is an unfortunate accident,” said the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who approached the place together with the prime minister, Manuel Marrero, and the president of the National Assembly, Esteban Ribbon.
Initial investigations suggest that the explosion occurred due to a gas leak.