A strong explosion occurred at 10:15 in the morning of this Monday, September 18in the Alto de la Capilla sector in the municipality of Rionegro, Antioquia.
The fact It occurred inside a house where, apparently, they were handling gunpowderas confirmed by local authorities.
So far, the authorities’ report indicates that there is a dead person, who lost his life at the scene of the incident; at least 22 injured and several homes damaged.
Ten of the injured They were transferred to health centers in Eastern Antioquia by relief agencies to receive a higher level of care.
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“They have given us some peace of mind,” said Mayor Rodrigo Hernández, regarding the state of health of the injured.
More of 50 uniformed members of the National Police, 20 firefighters, 15 traffic agentsArmy, Air Force and Civil Defense personnel responded to the explosion in the center of Rionegro.
A witness to the emergency narrated on social networks how he experienced the explosion. “Daddy no, there’s a person therethat exploded there in front of me, all over me. “I’m scared, I didn’t kill myself, it was a joke,” said the young man.
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The governor of Antioquia is on his way to the scene of the emergency to address the situation. For their part, disaster risk management authorities in Rionegro are evaluating the damage caused around the explosion.
“We are verifying the affected families in the sector to address their basic needs and prioritize their well-being. The issue of self-hosting with family members or enabling space in the coliseum will be evaluated.“, they pointed out from the mayor’s office.
“People are scared. We already have staff from the psychosocial care team to provide support to all these families. that they are scared,” added the local mayor.