Six weeks after Saratoga Hotel blast, toll rises to 47

Six weeks after Saratoga Hotel blast, toll rises to 47

HAVANA, June 16th (AFP) The death toll from an explosion at a luxury hotel in Havana in early May has risen to 47, after a hospitalized woman succumbed to her injuries, the Cuban government said on Wednesday.The health ministry announced the death of Vanesa Sierra Suris, 44, who was severely injured in the May 6 blast at the Saratoga Hotel which investigators believe was caused by a gas leak.

Ninety-nine people were left with injuries from the explosion, of whom one remains in hospital, said the ministry.

The blast tore off large parts of the hotel’s facade, blew out windows, and destroyed cars parked outside.

The hotel was known for having hosted celebrities such as Madonna, Beyonce, and Mick Jagger.

It was preparing for a grand reopening after renovation work was done during two years of coronavirus closure.