Fire broke out at an oil depot in the Cuban city of Matanzas
Lightning strikes Cuban oil depot: 1 killed, over 120 injured; 17 firefighters missing
A fire broke out at an oil depot in the Cuban city of Matanzas (100 kilometres from Havana) on Saturday. During this, more than 120 people present in the depot were injured.
Officials said that they found the body of one person on the spot. There are also reports of 17 firefighters missing. People told that after the lightning struck, the sound of 4 explosions was heard.
An official said- Lightning struck a petrol tank which caught fire. Due to bad weather and strong winds, the fire later spread to other tanks. On receiving the news of the accident, the police and fire brigade team was dispatched. He said- According to the information we got, the first tank which caught fire had 26 thousand cubic meters of crude oil. The second tank had 56 thousand cubic meters of fuel.
The condition of five of the more than 120 people injured in the accident is said to be critical, the official said. The official said that seeing the fire became so terrible that about 1,900 people were evacuated from nearby areas.
The Cuban government, which is going through a severe fuel crisis, sought help from the Allied countries to control the fire. Mexico and Venezuela sent several of their fire teams, and the US also provided technical advice. Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canale thanked Mexico, Venezuela and the US government for their help.
Cuba is battling daily blackouts and a lack of fuel. There is no electricity here for 12 hours. In such a situation, due to the fire in the oil depot, now the situation can get worse.