Horror gas tanker explosion leaves 53 dead, 100 injured and homes wrecked

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A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti on Tuesday – tragically killed over 53 people and injured dozens of others.

The blast occurred late Monday in the city of of Cap-Haitien in Haiti, Prime Minister Ariel Henry confirmed.

Terrifying footage has appeared online which reportedly shows the aftermath of the explosion as huge flames can be seen pouring out from the wreckage of a vehicle.

Dozens of bodies were seen laying on the street after the explosion as small crowds stood around them.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the huge blast, The Sun reported.

Patrick Almonor, deputy mayor of Cap-Haitien, said that at least 53 deaths and more than 100 injured have been reported.

The explosion caused more than 20 homes to burn near the site.

Almonor says he expects the number of deaths to keep rising because people who died in their homes have not yet been counted.

Le Nouvelliste newspaper reported that hospitals were having to seek supplies.

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"We are overwhelmed," Dr. Calhil Turenne told the paper.

Dave Larose, a civil engineer who works in Cap-Haitien, said he saw ambulances and a crowd of people gathered along a road at around 1am.

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The engineer said he saw some people using buckets to scoop the gasoline from the truck and the street so they could take it back to their house.

"It's terrible what our country has to go through," Larose said.

The explosion comes amid fuel shortages and spiralling gas prices across Haiti.

Former Prime Minister Claude Joseph mourned the victims, tweeting, "I share the pain and sorrow of all the people."

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