Search for missing persons in Saratoga hotel ruins continues – Escambray

A dozen people are still missing, and finding them is currently a priority for firefighters and first responders who are working tirelessly in the rubble of the Saratoga hotel in this capital.

According to the families’ claims, 12 or 13 people could still be trapped inside the hotel after the explosion on May 6 (Friday), said Javier Martinez, a leader of the Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). .

Relatives of missing persons receive information and are taken care of by the central command located in the Palacio de la Computación (Computer Palace), opposite the Parque de La Fraternidad and the Saratoga.

Meanwhile, excavation and debris removal continues, and the conditions of the pool access infrastructure, which is on the top floor, are being assessed. The CCP official told the Agencia Cubana de Noticias (Cuban News Agency) that families who lived in damaged buildings in the disaster area were accommodated at Villa Panamericana or evacuated to the homes of their relatives.

Death toll from Havana hotel explosion rises to 37

Three other bodies were found at the site of the Saratoga Hotel explosion in Havana, bringing the death toll to 37, following a gas leak.

Members of the Cuban fire brigade found the remains in the last few hours, and two have already been identified, Luis Guzman, head of the force, informed national television.

Guzman said they were working tirelessly to find those trapped in the rubble as quickly as possible.

He also explained that search and rescue work is being carried out with extreme care due to the amount of debris and the danger of the structure collapsing.

On May 6, an explosion at the Saratoga Hotel demolished the front and side facades of the building’s first two floors and damaged adjacent buildings as a tanker carrying liquefied gas serviced the facility. 85 were injured by the explosion.

Hospitals across the province provided immediate relief to victims, while several health facilities received thousands of people to donate blood.

Brandon D. James