“Three days of national mourning will be decreed throughout the territory, in memory of the victims of this tragedy that the entire Haitian nation is grieving,” Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared, after a devastating explosion of a truck carrying gasoline, in which more than 50 people were killed and dozens others injured, occurred late Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien. People who died in their homes have not yet been counted. The explosion burned around 20 homes. Medical teams were being dispatched to the site. The administration also deployied field hospitals to the area. Local hospitals were seeking supplies. People in the area used buckets to scoop up gasoline from the truck and the street to take back to their homes.
The gas truck overturned after apparently trying to avoid hitting a motorcycle. No further details were immediately available. It was the latest tragedy to hit the country, which has been rocked by political violence, natural disasters, poverty and hunger. Spiraling gas prices recently forced hospitals to turn away patients, temporarily shut down schools and businesses. The country of more than 11 million people also has been hit by a spike in gang-related kidnappings. In recent months, a severe fuel shortage pushed the nation even deeper into collapse.