At least four people have been confirmed dead and multiple injured following an explosion at a Rayneau Construction-operated quarry and construction site in Cul de Sac, Castries this afternoon, according to official sources.
Reports are that a container exploded after 5 p.m. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear.
Below is a summary gathered from official sources:
* 22 patients brought into Victoria Hospital (VH).
* 4 confirmed dead – 3 died at the site, and 1 in A&E (VH).
* 9 seem to have minor injuries, but require further assessment
* 5 critically injured, four of which to be airlifted by military aircraft to Martinique.
* 3 are serious but stable.
* 1 person left before being treated.
* 1 person missing and not yet accounted for.
INITIAL REPORT FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COMMUNICATION TEAM
Victoria Hospital (VH) received 11 casualties from the explosion one passed away at the hospital being non-responsive to treatment. 2 patients were sent to the operating theatres for emergency procedures while the rest are being managed in ER and ICU. The hospital’s emergency mass casualty procedures are in full effect with all doctors, nurses, ancillary and admin staff on board. Management of VH site is being handled by the police in conjunction with hospital security. The newly appointed ED at Victoria Hospital Brenda Calixte indicated that the situation is fully under control at this moment and arrangement have been made with Martinique to provide additional support. Tapion Hospital also rendered assistance. The Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Planning also visited the hospital to render assistance and have confirmed the assistance of Martinique. The hospital has made provisions to accommodate family member in their staff lounge and provided coffee, tea and water. Hon. Guy Joseph is also working towards providing meals to all staff some of whom will be working extra long shifts.
The patient count brought into VH from the explosion now stands at 22; only one has passed away at VH. Arrangements have been made for 4 patients to go to Martinique from tonight via military aircraft.
The dead and injured are believed to comprise mainly company employees.
The explosion occurred after 5 p.m. and was heard miles away. Initially, many persons in communities further away from the scene, mistook the aftershock of the explosion for an earthquake.