| 20 May 2024, Monday |

At least 60 dead in tanker explosion in Haiti

A petroleum tanker burst overnight in Cap-Hatien, Haiti’s second-largest city, killing at least 60 people and injuring scores more, officials said Tuesday, the latest in a string of man-made and natural disasters to hit the Caribbean nation this year.

According to Prime Minister Ariel Henry, the bomb in the port city 124 miles north of Port-au-Prince caused severe damage. Images showed brilliant red and orange flames licking at houses in the dark, burnt vehicles and motorbikes on city streets, partially blown-off roofs, and the twisted remnants of a tanker capsized in a ditch.

“Three days of national mourning will be decreed throughout the territory, in memory of the victims of this tragedy that the entire Haitian nation is grieving,” Henry said in a tweet. “Field hospitals will be quickly deployed in Cap-Haïtien to provide the necessary care to the victims of this terrible explosion.”

  • Reuters