Explosion in a hotel in the center of Havana - Cuba 20220506

A powerful explosion shook the five-star Saratoga hotel in Havana on Friday, destroying the facade of the historic building. So far there is eight dead, 13 people missing and more than 30 hospitalized.

The images of social networks shared by state media, including the newspaper Granmashowed the iconic hotel in Old Havana with the collapsed walls in the middle of a column of smokeor, and reported injured people and damage to nearby homes.

The explosion comes as Cuba tries to relaunch its tourism industry after the global pandemic and local travel restrictions will hit your market. The island received only 356,470 international visitors in 2021, 67% less than in 2020, and a far cry from the 4 million visitors the island usually receives per year.

The Cuban authorities gave their official balance and attributed the disaster to a “gas leak”.

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