Explosion of the Saratoga hotel in Havana

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May 21, 2022

The Saratoga Hotel Havana explosion is an explosion that occurred on May 6, 2022 at the Saratoga Hotel, Cuba, killing at least 46 people and injuring many more.

History

A gas leak appears to be the cause of the explosion. No tourists were staying at the hotel at the time of the explosion as it was undergoing renovations. The hotel was to reopen the following May 10. According to the emergency services, 80% of the structure of the building would have been affected by the explosion. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel visited the site of the explosion and the hospital treating the victims. Search and rescue efforts at the remains of the hotel are still ongoing nearly a week after the explosion. At least fifteen children were injured, one child died and a nearby school was evacuated, but it is uncertain whether the young victims belonged to this school. A pregnant woman is also among the dead. Cuban Tourism Minister Juan Carlos Garcia initially reported that no foreigners were killed in the blast. However, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said a Spanish tourist had been killed, which was later confirmed by Cuban authorities.

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(en) This article is partly or entirely taken from the Wikipedia article in English entitled “Hotel Saratoga explosion” (see the list of authors).

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