HAVANA HOTEL TOLL AT 31
HAVANA — The death toll of a powerful explosion at a luxury hotel in Cuba’s capital increased to 31 Sunday evening as search crews with dogs hunted through the rubble of the iconic, 19th-century building looking for people still missing.
The Hotel Saratoga, a five-star 96room hotel in Old Havana, was preparing to reopen after being closed for two years when an apparent gas leak ignited, blowing the outer walls into the busy, midmorning streets just a block from the country’s Capitol building on Friday.
The health ministry said 54 people were injured. It previously reported 85 injured, but that tally turned out to include those killed by the explosion.