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.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.