Up to 100 figure of deaths due to explosion of gasoline in Mexico

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Up to 100 figure of deaths due to explosion of gasoline in Mexico Stock photograph of forensic experts working on the site of a clandestine gasoline extraction from Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in Tlahuelilpan (Mexico). EFE / Archive

 The number of deaths due to the explosion in a clandestine hydrocarbon sewer in Tlahuelilpan, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, went from 96 to 100 people in the last hours.

According to information from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), between 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday and 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, four people who were treated at a hospital in the State of Mexico died and joined the death toll for this fact.

The institution explained that in total 11 people continue to be affected by the explosion in various hospitals of the IMSS.

Nine of them are being treated in a hospital in Mexico City, one in the State of Mexico and another in a hospital in Hidalgo.

On January 18, a group of residents of the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, in the central state of Hidalgo, fractured a hydrocarbon pipeline and began to steal, in a very rudimentary way, gasoline.

After about two hours, and despite the presence of the Army that could do little to control the multitude of hundreds of people who came to collect gasoline, there was a strong explosion.

Since coming to power on December 1, López Obrador began a frontal battle against the theft of hydrocarbons through the pipelines of the state company Pemex, which generates millions in losses for the company.

For this purpose, the security of pipelines was reinforced with thousands of agents and more gasoline was transported with pipes (tankers), which caused a shortage crisis in ten states of the country, with closed service stations and panic purchases. (EFE) .-

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