Martinique has been asked to provide support to Saint Lucia in the aftermath of a massive explosion at Cul de Sac Tuesday that could be heard for miles.
Arrangements were being made overnight to fly four of the injured via military aircraft to the French overseas territory for treatment.
Officials have confirmed that 3 persons died as a result of the tragedy and 15 were rushed to Victoria Hospital.
An eyewitness said there was a ‘bad’ explosion at the Rayneau Construction site in Cul de Sac.
“I almost lose my life,” he said.
He explained that some men were welding the top of a container which contained dynamite.
“I feel some sparks from the welding enter inside the container,” the eyewitness said.
He stated that a fire started and he was going with an extinguisher to put it out but someone took the extinguisher from him.
The eyewitness told reporters that he went running to get two buckets of water and on getting the buckets, he heard a loud explosion.
“I feeling really lucky and bad at the same time,” he said.
Tuesday’s tragedy sent Victoria Hospital’s emergency mass casualty procedures into full effect with all doctors, nurses, administrative and ancillary staff being fully on board.
The hospital said that the situation was under control.
In addition to arrangements being made with Martinique to provide support, Tapion hospital also rendered assistance.
Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet and Castries South East MP, Guy Joseph, visited the hospital which made provisions to accommodate family members in the staff lounge and provide them with light refreshments.