Rescatistas trabajan entre los escombros del hotel Saratoga, en La Habana. Foto: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Rescuers find another body at the Saratoga hotel, the official death toll reaches 31

The death toll rises to 31 as a result of the explosion last Friday at the Saratoga hotel in Havana, after the island’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) will update this sunday afternoon official information on the victims of the incident.

The deceased now reported is a 30-year-old man, one of the cooks who was working at the hotel, as was known in social media. In this way, the list of injured due to the incident is now 85 people, of which 24 remain hospitalized and 30 have been discharged, the MINSAP reports.

The discharged patients include 10 minors who were treated at the Juan Manuel Márquez Pediatric Hospital.

Of those still hospitalized, 19 are adults -four of them reported as critical and five as serious-, while five are minors, of which three are in critical condition and one in serious condition, specifies the MINSAP.

These figures, however, could vary, since the rescuers continue to work at the disaster site, and their actions already include the basement areas, where they had not been able to reach until this day.

Reports from the place pointed to the possible discovery of a person alive, as well as two live dogs rescued among the rubble, in the midst of work against the clock that will continue until the people who are still missing are found, according to city authorities.

However, another official report, confirmed on the nightly television news, ensures that no survivors have been found in the Saratoga this Sunday.

Also during the afternoon Havana authorities met to decide on the recovery actions in several of the damaged buildings and analyze the causes of the event. In this regard, they explained that no conclusions should yet be drawn regarding the causes of the incident, since the data so far is insufficient for a definitive opinion.

A technical commission works to specify more information, they point out reports of official media.

Regarding the damages suffered by buildings of heritage value adjoining the hotel, the most affected were the Martí Theater and the Baptist Church, which could be rehabilitated by the month of September, according to preliminary calculations by specialists from the Office of the Historian of the Town.

Meanwhile, the Yoruba Religious Cultural Center and the National Capitol suffered minor damage and could be rehabilitated next month, said Perla Rosales, deputy director of that entity.

In the case of the Concepción Arenal primary school, it was confirmed that work is already being done on the restoration and conditioning of the building for its possible reopening at the end of May. Until then, the students will receive classes in other educational centers.

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