Death toll from Mexico gas pipeline explosion rises to four

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Puebla (Mexico), Nov 10 (EFE) .- The death toll from the explosion of a Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) gas pipeline in the Mexican state of Puebla increased to four in the last hours after the death of a 43-year-old woman old, local authorities reported Wednesday.

The woman, named Azucena, had been in a hospital for 11 days due to second and third degree burns to 80% of her body due to the explosion of a gas pipeline during the theft of fuel in San Pablo Xochimehuacan, in the Mexican state of Puebla.

At a press conference, José Antonio Martínez, secretary of state Health, explained that the death was reported this Tuesday afternoon.

In addition, the official indicated that a minor under 12 years of age with burns in 13% of the body was discharged after evolving satisfactorily.

With this hospital discharge, there are no longer minors admitted to any medical center and they are only kept under surveillance and treated on an outpatient basis.

At dawn on Sunday, October 31, there were three large-scale explosions in the municipality of San Pablo Xochimehuacan, in Puebla, caused by a clandestine intake to steal fuel.

These deflagrations affected 17 people and left serious damage to more than 50 homes. During the events 2,000 people were evacuated.

This is not the first time that hydrocarbon theft has caused serious accidents in Mexico.

On January 18, 2019, the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo, captured international attention due to the explosion in a Pemex pipeline, which left 137 dead and dozens injured.

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