At least 71 dead after gas tanker explodes in Haiti's second largest city

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)At slightest 71 radical person been killed and dozens injured aft a tanker transporting gasoline exploded successful Cap-Haitien, Haiti's 2nd largest metropolis connected Monday, authorities said.

The concern remains "critical," Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor said connected Tuesday, who besides extended an entreaty for humor donations.

Almonor said the substance tanker exploded aft it had stopped owed to mechanical issues and began leaking gas. People gathered to cod substance straight from the motortruck erstwhile the detonation occurred, helium said.

    Haiti has been crippled by a terrible substance shortage that has led to powerfulness outages and protests.

      Cap-Haitien is the country's second-largest city.

      The harm to the metropolis is extensive, according to Almonor. "We person astir 50 houses impacted by the occurrence and astir of them volition request to beryllium demolished," helium said.

      "The metropolis volition request a batch of assistance to travel retired of this tragedy, the cardinal authorities is offering to assistance but we are waiting to spot it," helium added.

      "We judge we volition request much than conscionable the cardinal government, the concern is critical."

      Amid a cascade of crises, Haiti's substance  shortage could beryllium  the worst

      Local officials accidental rescue efforts are ongoing and that the decease toll is expected to rise. Haitian authorities accidental they person deployed 2 tract hospitals to Cap Haitien.

      At slightest six radical had been airlifted from Cap-Haitien to a infirmary specializing successful terrible burns successful superior metropolis Port-au-Prince, according to Doctors without Borders, which runs the hospital.

      UNICEF volition nonstop aesculapian kits for hospitals successful Cap-Haitien for the attraction of the pain victims, according to a connection from spokesperson Ndiaga Seck.

        "UNICEF sympathizes with the symptom of grieving families and families whose members person been injured," added Seck successful the statement.

        Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry has declared 3 days of nationalist mourning successful the aftermath of the explosion, "in representation of the victims of this calamity which grieves the full Haitian nation."

        Reporting contributed by CNN's Caitlin Hu successful New York City and Hamdi Alkhshali successful Atlanta.

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