Authorities within the Dominican Republic say it might take months to determine all the 27 victims who died in a robust explosion close to the nation’s capital this week
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Authorities within the Dominican Republic stated on Thursday that it might take months to determine all the 27 victims who died in a robust explosion close to the nation’s capital this week.
The announcement got here as family and friends preserve attempting to substantiate whether or not their family members died in Monday’s explosion at a bakery within the metropolis of San Cristobal, simply west of Santo Domingo. Fifty-nine folks have been injured, with the vast majority of them nonetheless hospitalized.
The explosion came about mid-afternoon in a bustling industrial space within the metropolis middle, crammed with companies, together with a financial institution and a ironmongery store.
An investigation continues to be underway as to what precipitated the explosion, and authorities have stated they are going to maintain accountable any enterprise that was not working correctly. It took firefighters three days to extinguish the blaze, which officers stated unfold from the bakery to the ironmongery store subsequent door, after which to a close-by furnishings retailer.
Solely seven of the 27 our bodies discovered have been recognized and turned over to their households, Santo Jiménez, a forensics institute director, stated at a information convention. It might take as much as three months to determine among the victims, he stated. Authorities are working with household and mates who might present useful particulars comparable to any presence of tattoos or scars, he added.
Jiménez stated just one physique of the 20 that stay on the morgue is unbroken.
Monday marked the second time that San Cristobal, the birthplace of dictator Rafael Trujillo, was affected by a serious explosion. An arms depot exploded in October 2000, killing a minimum of two folks and injured greater than two dozen others, forcing authorities to evacuate 1000’s.