The body of a waitress who is believed to be the final victim of a deadly explosion at a Cuban hotel has been pulled from the rubble of the destroyed building.
- Rescuers believe there are no more victims in the debris
- Officials say a gas leak caused the explosion last Friday
- A Spanish tourist, a pregnant woman and four children are among the 45 dead
About 80 per cent of Havana’s Hotel Saratoga was destroyed after a gas leak caused a massive explosion last Friday.
Luis Carlos Guzman, the chief of Cuba’s firefighting corps, told reporters at the site of the blast that the woman whose body had been recovered, believed to be a waitress at the hotel, was “as of now, the last missing person.”
The death toll now stands at 45, with more than 80 people injured.
A Spanish tourist, a pregnant woman and four children from a nearby school were among the dead.
The century-old five-star hotel had been due to reopen on Monday after a two-year closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two adjoining apartment buildings were seriously damaged in the blast and 17 structures within a two-block radius suffered lighter damage.
Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel has declared a national mourning period in honour of those who died.