CARACAS, Saturday August 25, 2012 | Update

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

Jaua:"There is still gas leak" (Photo: Sailú Urribarrí / El Universal)
Saturday August 25, 2012  12:57 PM
Venezuelan  Vice-President Elías Jaua notified the death of 26 people after the blast recorded on Saturday morning in Amuay refinery, western Falcón state, in addition to 86 injured people.

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.
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