rescue officials from Cuba announced Thursday night that they had recovered the body of the last person who was believed missing after a burst last week that blew up the sides of one of the Hotels most important of Havana. The discovery of the body brought the death toll to 45.

Friday’s massive explosion in the Saratoga Hotel a five-star hotel, a block from the iconic capitol building in a renovated area of ​​Havana, left more than 100 people trapped, dead or injured. Fifteen remain hospitalized. Authorities say a gas leak caused the explosion.

The hotel was closed at the time of the blast but was scheduled to open Monday. Most of those killed or injured were Cuban personnel or bystanders, including a Spanish tourist and a pregnant woman. Several children from a nearby school were injured in the blast and four were killed.

Shortly after the recovery of what was believed to be the last body, the President Miguel Diaz-Canel declared national mourning in honor of the deceased. For days, Cuban rescuers have sifted through huge mounds of rubble at the base of the hotel’s neoclassical-style building, which is more than a century old, Reuters reported.

They have sought to reach hard-to-reach areas on the lower floors, where the last bodies were found. In addition to the human toll, the blast severely damaged two adjoining luxury apartment buildings and inflicted minor damage on 17 structures within a two-block radius.


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