Do­mini­can ex­plo­sion kills 4, in­jures 66, 2 miss­ing

Kingston Whig-Standard - - ONTARIO NEWS -

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Au­thor­i­ties in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic said Thurs­day that the death toll from an ex­plo­sion at a plas­tics com­pany rose to four and they con­tin­ued search­ing for two miss­ing work­ers. Mean­while, the num­ber of in­jured rose to 66, with five peo­ple in crit­i­cal con­di­tion fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day’s blast in the cap­i­tal of Santo Domingo, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Na­tional Health Ser­vice. Among the in­jured are 13 chil­dren who were at­tend­ing school nearby. Ed­win Oli­vares, sub-di­rec­tor of the Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter, said that at least two peo­ple are still miss­ing. He also said that of­fi­cials have not been able to iden­tify two of the four vic­tims. Oli­vares said many work­ers sur­vived the large ex­plo­sion at the Poly­plas com­pany be­cause they fol­lowed se­cu­rity pro­to­cols. Busi­ness owner Manuel Diez Cabral tweeted that 98 per cent of staff mem­bers were evac­u­ated fol­low­ing what he said was an “un­con­trol­lable” gas leak. He said the com­pany has al­ways fol­lowed strict se­cu­rity pro­to­cols in its more than 50 years of ex­is­tence.

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