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.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.