The state of affairs stays “vital,” Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor mentioned on Tuesday, who additionally prolonged an attraction for blood donations.
Almonor mentioned the gas tanker exploded after it had stopped resulting from mechanical points and started leaking gasoline. People gathered to gather gas immediately from the truck when the explosion occurred, he mentioned.
Haiti has been crippled by a extreme gas scarcity that has led to energy outages and protests.
The harm to town is intensive, based on Almonor. “We have almost 50 homes impacted by the fireplace and most of them will should be demolished,” he mentioned.
“The metropolis will want lots of assist to come back out of this tragedy, the central authorities is providing to assist however we’re ready to see it,” he added.
“We consider we are going to want extra than simply the central authorities, the state of affairs is vital.”
Local officers say rescue efforts are ongoing and that the demise toll is anticipated to rise. Haitian authorities say they’ve deployed two area hospitals to Cap Haitien.
At least six folks had been airlifted from Cap-Haitien to a hospital specializing in extreme burns in capital metropolis Port-au-Prince, based on Doctors with out Borders, which runs the hospital.
UNICEF will ship medical kits for hospitals in Cap-Haitien for the remedy of the burn victims, based on a press release from spokesman Ndiaga Seck.
“UNICEF sympathizes with the ache of grieving households and households whose members have been injured,” added Seck within the assertion.
Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has declared three days of nationwide mourning within the wake of the explosion, “in reminiscence of the victims of this tragedy which grieves your complete Haitian nation.”