12 killed after explosion in Dominica Republic

At least 12 people died and 65 more were injured in an explosion in the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Red Cross said in a statement.

Some 55 people are also missing after the incident yesterday, which occurred in Villa Valdez, San Cristobal province, according to today’s statement.

Three structures completely collapsed following the blast near a shopping centre, added the Red Cross.

In remarks from the National Palace yesterday, President Luis Abinader expressed his concern for the situation and said he is closely following the events, state broadcaster RTVD’s Central 4 Noticias reported.

Abinader ordered the mobilisation of emergency services, including 20 ambulances and 14 firetrucks, to respond to the incident, emergency services said. (CNN)