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Cuban authorities reported that work continues uninterrupted to extinguish the fire at the supertanker terminal in Matanzas province, which has reached a critical point on Monday.
Cuban authorities reported that work continues uninterrupted to extinguish the fire at the supertanker terminal in Matanzas province, which reached a critical point on Monday.

Xi Jinping offers aid to Cuba amid tragic fuel depot fire

China's president sent a message of condolences, indicating that he is prepared to provide assistance to the Caribbean island nation.

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China announced that it would send humanitarian aid to Cuba due to the serious industrial fire that took place in the province of Matanzas, in the west of the country. So far, the fire has left one dead and more than a hundred injured in addition to infrastructure damages still to be calculated.

It was also announced in a letter from Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Xi said he was "shocked" by the event and assured that China is prepared to provide assistance to the Caribbean island, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

He also expressed his condolences to the victims of the fire and their families.

The fire broke out at 7:00 p.m. last Friday, Aug. 5. According to the first hypothesis, lightning struck the base of the fuel tanks and exceeded the capacities of the lightning rod system, causing the event.

Later, a first tank exploded, containing some 25,000 cubic meters of oil. At about 7:00 a.m. the following day, the second tank ignited, containing an undetermined quantity of fuel oil.

This industrial fire has so far left one dead, 122 injured and 16 missing. Of the injured, seven people are in critical condition, and 4,000 people were evicted from their homes due to being close to the scene.

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