Cuba accepts technological assistance from the United States to manage fire in Matanzas

The Cuban government mentioned it has approved “technical guidance” made available by the Unites States to aid the island’s authorities set out a raging fireplace that threatens to engulf an oil storage facility at the port of Matanzas, in what could be one particular of the number of examples of cooperation among the two nations in latest a long time.

“We deeply value the condolences and expressions of enable from folks and organizations in the U.S. pertaining to the #Matanzas incident, such as from the U.S. federal government, which presented complex tips, a proposal now in the fingers of professionals for appropriate coordination,” Carlos Fernández de Cossío, Cuba’s vice minister of international affairs, stated on Twitter.

Cuban chief Miguel Díaz-Canel normally goes to Twitter to rail about U.S. sanctions in opposition to Cuba and criticize the Biden administration. But the severity of the fireplace and the firefighters’ unsuccessful attempt to consist of the flames so significantly have moved authorities to settle for the present with a general public thank you information.

“We express deep gratitude to the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Russia, Nicaragua, Argentina and Chile, which have immediately available product aid in solidarity in the encounter of this complex condition,” Díaz-Canel mentioned. “We also appreciate the give of specialized suggestions from the U.S.”

The Point out Division did not provide aspects of what was presented to Cuba.

An agency’s spokesperson said the Biden administration was “closely tracking the problem, which includes any humanitarian demands that may perhaps arise.”

“The U.S. embargo authorizes U.S. people to give disaster reduction and response in Cuba,” the spokesperson said.

Earlier, the U.S. embassy in Havana experienced explained it was in get hold of with Cuban authorities and sent condolences to the victims of the fireplace, which remaining 77 injured so much.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has become a close ally of Cuba, also sent personnel from point out oil firm Pemex to aid extinguish the hearth.

The fire started out around 7 p.m. Friday, when lightning struck a crude oil storage tank in the unloading location in the port of Matanzas, Cuban authorities explained. Despite the endeavours of the firefighters to handle it, there have been at the very least 4 explosions in the early several hours of Saturday, and the flames spread to a next tank.

State media shared illustrations or photos exhibiting 1 Cuban Armed Forces helicopter attempting to drop drinking water over the flames.

The Fort News