New death toll of 90 after the explosion of a tanker truck in Haiti

The death toll from the explosion of a tanker truck on Tuesday, December 14 in Haiti rose to 90 dead. This weekend, a dozen people seriously injured in the disaster died, according to the deputy mayor of Cap Haitien, where the accident took place.

“We currently have a death toll of 90,” the elected official said on Monday, adding that it was “unfortunately still a partial figure” given the still critical condition of some victims. The previous report reported 75 dead, 47 serious burns and 12 minor burns.

Fuel crisis in Haiti

On the night of December 13 to 14, the driver of the tanker allegedly tried to avoid a collision, losing control of his vehicle which overturned. Residents then attempted to collect the fuel in makeshift containers before the truck exploded.

The hospitalization of the victims was complicated by the fact that the only medical structure for serious burns in Haiti is in Port-au-Prince, 200 km from the accident. Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), which manages the service, has dispatched an emergency team to Cap Haitien to help local caregivers but the care of these patients will last a minimum of “three to four months” according to MSF.

Haiti is plagued by recurring fuel shortages due to gang stranglehold on the fueling circuit. In recent months, the armed gangs have increased their hold on Port-au-Prince, blocking the roads leading to the three oil terminals. In the fall, more than a dozen fuel transport vehicles were hijacked by the gangs.

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