Venezuelan authorities confirm 26 fatalities in refinery blast
At 9:30 am, Venezuelan authorities promised that the disaster was under control. "We will inspect the situation with expert teams," Vice-Minister Elías Jaua told reporters
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According to Jaua, most of the casualties are National Guard officers.
On Saturday, at 9:30 a.m., the government authorities vowed that the disaster was under control. "We will review the situation together with expert teams," Jaua told reporters on the site.
Injured people were taken to nearby Rafael Calle Sierra Hospital.
According to the Vice-President, Health Minister Eugenia Sader and Defense Minister Henry Rangel Silva were at the hospital.
Earlier, Falcón State Governor Stella Lugo toured the facilities after the firefighter brigade had controlled most of the flames and claimed that there would not be further risk of new explosions.
Since the Venezuelan government imposed currency and price controls in 2003 property rights have been seriously affected, as the individual's freedom to acquire, use, enjoy and dispose of property has been severely restricted, according to experts.