Explosion claims 10 lives, over 50 people injured

A powerful explosion near the capital of the Dominican Republic has claimed the lives of 10 people and left dozens injured. The blast, which occurred at a bustling commercial center in San Cristobal, has caused widespread devastation. The wreckage prompted a search for survivors amidst the smoldering rubble. President Luis Abinader has visited the affected area to meet with victims and their families, expressing concern for the 11 people still missing. As firefighters battle to extinguish the fire and authorities investigate the cause of the explosion, the community is left grappling with the aftermath.

The explosion in San Cristobal resulted in the deaths of at least 10 individuals, with over 50 people sustaining injuries. Among the deceased victims was a 4-month-old baby who suffered from head trauma. Joel Santos, the minister of the presidency, confirmed that 36 of the injured individuals remain hospitalized. Collapsed buildings and charred vehicles are still in the affected area, making rescue efforts even more difficult.

The explosion originated from a bakery located in the heart of San Cristobal’s “Old Marketplace.” The fire quickly spread to a neighboring hardware store and a furniture store, furthering the damage. The impact of the explosion has left families anxiously waiting for news of their missing loved ones.

Health Minister Daniel Rivera highlighted the challenges faced by authorities in accessing the epicenter of the explosion. The smoke coming from the site contains hazardous chemicals, prompting Rivera to warn residents to wear face masks. To provide immediate assistance, the government plans to establish two mobile hospitals offering medical and psychological services to those affected.

As the investigation into the explosion continues, the government is trying to determine whether the business where the explosion happened was following proper regulations. The cause of the explosion is still unknown, and authorities have yet to estimate the extent of the damages.