At least 10 people dead and 11 missing is the latest balance of the explosion that occurred on Monday in the downtown area of the San Cristóbal province, Dominican Republic.
The explosion occurred in one of the companies that operated on Padre Ayala avenue, between Padre Brioso and Francisco J. Peinado streets. So far, the causes of the explosion are unknown, which also caused serious and minor injuries to at least 59 people, of whom 36 remain hospitalized (23 in private clinics and 13 in public hospitals).
At “ground zero”, as the point of the tragedy has been called, at least three buildings and 18 vehicles were destroyed. Commercial companies such as Casa Toledo, Agroveterinaria La Esperanza and Hogar Gorrión, among others, were completely destroyed.
President Luis Abinader, who visited the area today, ordered the prompt assistance of all relief agencies since the tragedy was learned around 3:00 p.m. on Monday the 14th.
Public officials such as the ministers of the Presidency, Joel Santos, and of Public Health, Daniel Rivera, have been in constant monitoring to coordinate the corresponding assistance with the relief forces.
While the executive director of the Dominican Institute for the Prevention and Protection of Occupational Risks (Idoppril), Fausto López Solís, instructed the southern regional director, Dionelca de la Rosa, to establish the number of deceased members of the Occupational Risk Insurance and injured, so that their families receive all the support established by Social Security Law 87-01 for formally contributing workers.