The number has risen during the last 24 hours. Rescuers have managed to access the double basement of the building, where some of the workers were suspected to have been trapped. The work carried out by the rescue forces has made it possible to continue recovering bodies from under the rubble of the tourist facility, as well as from the surrounding buildings.
The Minsap also informed that the number of injured people has risen to 96. 17 people are still hospitalized in five hospitals in Havana, among them five minors. As for their condition, six patients are reported as critical (two children) and two as serious.
At the time of closing of the information provided by the health agency, 37 of the people affected by the explosion had been discharged from the hospital to continue their recovery at home.
|Información actualizada sobre el estado de los lesionados en el accidente del #HotelSaratoga|
Hasta el momento 96 personas resultaron lesionadas, de ellas 18 se encuentran hospitalizadas, 36 pacientes recibieron el alta médica y 42 fallecieron.
— Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba (@MINSAPCuba) May 10, 2022
Despite the fatigue, the rescue teams continue the search under the rubble, which is being carefully removed. Drones are used to survey the place and monitor the team’s progress.
Meanwhile, the authorities have reiterated that the search will not stop until they confirm that no body remains under the rubble.
In addition to the Saratoga hotel, other buildings were damaged by the shock wave of the explosion, according to Cuban official media, which put the number of affected houses at 38.