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At least 90 dead after gas tanker explodes in Cap-Haitien

At least 90 people have been killed and dozens injured after a tanker transporting gasoline exploded in Cap-Haitien, Haiti's second largest city, authorities said.

The situation remains "critical," Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor said on Tuesday, who also extended an appeal for blood donations.

“It’s horrible what happened,” said the deputy mayor of Cap-Haitien, who said late Tuesday that 75 people had died.. “We lost so many lives.”

Patrick Almonor said the fuel tanker exploded after it had stopped due to mechanical issues and began leaking gas. People gathered to collect fuel directly from the truck when the explosion occurred, he said.

Haiti has been crippled by a severe fuel shortage that has led to power outages and protests.

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