After Days of Popular Demands, Official Mourning is Decreed in Cuba for the Victims of the Saratoga Hotel Explosion

14ymedio, Havana, 12 May 2022 — On Thursday, almost a week after the explosion of the Saratoga hotel in Havana, the Cuban government decreed official mourning. It has done so just after the announcement of the discovery of the body of the last of the victims who were listed as missing in the explosion. There … Continue reading “After Days of Popular Demands, Official Mourning is Decreed in Cuba for the Victims of the Saratoga Hotel Explosion”

The Faces of the 45 Victims of the Gas Explosion in Havana’s Saratoga Hotel

14ymedio, Havana, 12 May 2022 — On Thursday the rescue services found the body of the last person listed as missing since the explosion, last Friday, in the Saratoga Hotel, bringing the death toll to 45. The fatalities are more than a number. However, little is known of their personal histories. With the support of social … Continue reading “The Faces of the 45 Victims of the Gas Explosion in Havana’s Saratoga Hotel”

The Saratoga Hotel’s Decline Began as Soon as the Military Took It Over

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodriguez / Olea Gallardo, Havana, 11 May 2022 — Though an explosion at the luxurious Saratoga Hotel last Friday led to the deaths of at least forty-three people and the destruction of an iconic Havana landmark, the seeds of its demise were planted within its walls much earlier. Specifically, this was in … Continue reading “The Saratoga Hotel’s Decline Began as Soon as the Military Took It Over”

Deaths from Explosion at Havana’s Saratoga Hotel Rises to 43

Three new bodies were found under the rubble of the Saratoga Hotel on Tuesday, four days after the explosion. With this, the deceased number 43, according to the data revealed by the rescue teams. Two of the latest victims lived in the building next to the hotel, which partially collapsed. They are Juan Carlos Díaz Álvarez, … Continue reading “Deaths from Explosion at Havana’s Saratoga Hotel Rises to 43”

The Body of a Tourist Who Died in the Saratoga Hotel in Havana Will Arrive in Spain this Week

EFE (via 14ymedio), Madrid, 8 May 2022 — The lifeless body of Cristina López-Cerón, the Spanish tourist who died in last  Friday’s explosion at Havana’s Saratoga Hotel, will arrive in Spain at the end of this week, according to sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Spanish ambassador in Cuba, Ángel Martín Peccis, and … Continue reading “The Body of a Tourist Who Died in the Saratoga Hotel in Havana Will Arrive in Spain this Week”

Havana’s El Calvario Baptist Church Suffered Serious Damage from the Explosion at the Saratoga Hotel

14ymedio, Havana, 6 May 2022 — The explosion that destroyed the Saratoga Hotel this Friday in Havana has also affected numerous buildings around it. One of them is the El Calvario church, headquarters of the Western Baptist Convention, which lost its roof as a result of the explosion In a statement made public in the … Continue reading “Havana’s El Calvario Baptist Church Suffered Serious Damage from the Explosion at the Saratoga Hotel”

Havana, Cuba: Anguish Grows as Search Continues for Survivors at the Saratoga Hotel

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 7 May 2022 — Barely 24 hours after the explosion at the Saratoga Hotel in Havana, the area still looks like a battlefield and there are already 32 dead, 19 missing and 56 injured. A police cordon surrounds the area from the Parque de la Fraternidad to prevent pedestrians from … Continue reading “Havana, Cuba: Anguish Grows as Search Continues for Survivors at the Saratoga Hotel”

Cuba: Explosion at Havana’s Saratoga Hotel Has Killed 22, So Far

14ymedio, Havana, 6 May 2022 — The Cuban government lamented, this Friday afternoon, the death of 22 people, “including a pregnant woman and a child” due to the explosion of the Saratoga hotel in Havana. In a press conference held by the medical authorities, it was detailed that there are three children in critical condition, … Continue reading “Cuba: Explosion at Havana’s Saratoga Hotel Has Killed 22, So Far”

Cuba Continues to Build Hotels with Money of Unknown Origin and for Non-Existent Tourists

14ymedio, Havana, 12 May 2022 — More than 8,930 rooms of the almost 78,000 that Cuba has will remain empty in 2022. The Cuban economist Pedro Monreal, reports that some 1,473 million dollars were invested in these rooms, without revealing the origin of this investment. Monreal suggests adopting “a pause” in hotel investments and targeting … Continue reading “Cuba Continues to Build Hotels with Money of Unknown Origin and for Non-Existent Tourists”

One of the Ninety-Nine Injured in the Saratogo Hotel Explosion Has Died

14ymedio, Havana, 13 May 2022 — Saturday’s explosion at the Saratoga hotel a week ago has taken another life according to an announcement by the Ministry of Public Health. This raises the death toll to forty-six. The victim was Jose Antonio Ferrer Acanda, a 63-year-old Havana resident, who was taken to Calixto Garcia Hospital in … Continue reading “One of the Ninety-Nine Injured in the Saratogo Hotel Explosion Has Died”

Three Injured in a Gas Explosion in Old Havana

14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2022 — Three people have been injured by the explosion caused by a gas leak this morning in Old Havana. According to this newspaper, there is damage to doors and windows and inside the house. The residents of the building, who are waiting two blocks away from the accident, commented that … Continue reading “Three Injured in a Gas Explosion in Old Havana”

Cuban Civil Defense Denies That a Gas Leak Occurred in Havana

14ymedio, Havana, 10 May 2022 – On Tuesday, Cuban Civil Defense has denied reports of an alleged gas leak in Havana. The entity responded to complaints of a strong smell of gas in various areas of the city claiming that it was “false news” spread by “unscrupulous people.” From the early hours of the morning, reports … Continue reading “Cuban Civil Defense Denies That a Gas Leak Occurred in Havana”

Every Corner in Havana Where Buildings Collapse Becomes a Garbage Dump

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 9 May 2022 — A stench spreads through the streets of Havana. It is not only around the Saratoga hotel, destroyed by Friday’s explosion, whose rubble still covers more than a dozen bodies. A few blocks away, in Centro Habana, the corners become makeshift garbage dumps, filling the environment with … Continue reading “Every Corner in Havana Where Buildings Collapse Becomes a Garbage Dump”

Cuba: Press and Responsibility in the Face of Tragedy

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Generation Y, 7 May 2022 — It sounded like thunder, but when I looked out from the balcony, the sky was clear. I scanned the city with my eyes and a huge mountain of smoke was rising in the area of ​​Old Havana. Instinctively I looked at the clock, it was 10:52 on the … Continue reading “Cuba: Press and Responsibility in the Face of Tragedy”

Havana’s Capitol: The Other Face of the Restoration

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 4 November 2019 — There are those who would swear that everything in Cuba, from the most solemn to the most mundane act, has an air of a one-act farce. The dramatic and the jocular intermingle in a scenario full of contrasts and absurdities, in a reality that far exceeds any … Continue reading “Havana’s Capitol: The Other Face of the Restoration”