El vicecanciller cubano Carlos Fernández de Cossio.

Cuba coordinates possible US aid to put out fire in Matanzas

Cuba confirmed this Saturday that it coordinates the possibility of help offered by USA before the great fire that is still active in two of the eight crude oil deposits in the industrial zone of the city of Matanzas (west).

The Cuban Vice Minister of External relationships (Minrex), Carlos Fernández de Cossío, wrote on Twitter that the US government “offered technical advice, a proposal already in the hands of specialists for proper coordination.”

In the same Twitter message, he added that he deeply appreciated the condolences and expressions of help from various organizations and people in the US on the occasion of the incident in Matanzas.

The United States Embassy in Cuba had reported shortly before, also on the same social network, that it was “in contact with Cuba about the incident in Matanzas.” “In the meantime, we want to make it clear that US law authorizes US entities and organizations to provide disaster relief and response in Cuba,” he read.

At least 67 injured and 17 missing firefighters is the balance of the fire caused on Friday night by the explosion in two fuel tanks in Matanzas, an event about which OnCuba keeps updating early.

The affected crude oil deposits, with a capacity of 50,000 cubic meters, are located in the Supertanker Base in an industrial area of ​​Matanzas, near the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant, the main one in the country.

The governments of Mexico and Venezuela also expressed their willingness to help the Island in the face of the serious incident.


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