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The Cuban government asks for international help and advice to control the fire in Matanzas

The Cuban government has requested international help and advice from countries experienced in oil issues to address the crisis caused by the fire at the Matanzas Supertanker Base, which has so far left 17 missing and 67 injured.

“A recovery strategy is already being drawn up,” the Cuban government said on its Twitter account.

During a meeting between President Miguel Díaz-Canel and government authorities and another party, the head of state indicated that the priority is to reach the 17 are currently reported missingas well as family care.

The authorities ordered a mass evacuation of the neighbors close to the industrial zone of Matanza as well as the use of masks to avoid breathing the toxic gases released from the combustion process.

The fire remains uncontrolled and two oil deposits exploded in the past hourscontaining fuel inside.

Construction of the Matanzas Supertanker Base began in the 1980s, but its execution was interrupted when the Special Period arrived.

Thanks to a collaboration project between Cuba and Venezuela, an investment was made that turned this megastructure into an important link in the oil storage and distribution chain.

The collapse of an electrical discharge and the ineffectiveness of the lightning rod system caused an unprecedented sinister start and keeps time in the present. the Cuban authorities because they were unable to control the fire.

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