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Gas Tanker Explosion in Haiti Kills 62

The morning of 14 December was welcomed with a “horrible” explosion of a truck carrying fuel in the northern Haitian city of Cap-Haitian. Sources claimed that at least 62 were killed and several others injured in a “horrible” gas tanker explosion in Haiti.

Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor said, “We have now counted 62 deaths”. Further, he added that there is still an ongoing search for the victims amid this fuel explosion in Cap-Haitian. 

According to Almanor, the driver lost control over his vehicle after avoiding a collision with a motorcycle which was believed to be the reason behind this hazardous accident. He also believes that the death toll could further be worse.

"I saw on the scene between 50 and 54 people burned alive," Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor said. "It is impossible to identify them. "About 20 houses were set aflame due to the explosion. “We can’t yet give details on the number of people inside the houses," he said.

There was chaos created by several residents after the accident as neighbours and the family members of the injured came looking for their loved ones.

Haiti has mostly suffered from fuel shortages. Many local residents surrounded the area with buckets to collect gasoline after the explosion as observed by local officials.

The hospital was facing a shortage of nurses, doctors, and medications. Almanor said, “It’s horrible what happened. We lost so many lives”.

“It's terrible what our country has to go through,” Larose said. Former prime minister Claude Joseph also mourned the victims, tweeting, “I share the pain and sorrow of all the people."

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, Prime Minister Ariel Henry tweeted.

 Haiti is one of the poorest countries especially after the death of its former president Jovenel Moise. Since then most of the part of the country is run by a gang named “G9 Family and Allies”, run by Jimmy Cherizier, a former police officer.

The gang controlled about half of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and also blocks the largest fuel terminal of the country leading to fuel shortage.

Cherizier has demanded that PM Ariel Henry should give 50 dollars to the former and resign from his post as the PM. He also believes that his gang is a more political community than any organized criminal group.

The gang got even more powerful after the assassination of the former president, Jovenel Moise.









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