The figure was given by the governor of Hidalgo, Omar Fayad. He explained that the number of victims has increased, after finding bodies in ground zero of the event.
The death toll from the explosion during the theft of petrol in an oil pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, increased in the last hours from 67 to 73 people after the discovery of new corpses on the scene of the accident and the death of hospitalized injured.
"At the court today, Saturday 19 January at 17:00 The count is already 73 dead people", The governor of Hidalgo, Omar Fayad, informed at a press conference by the National Palace.
Accompanied by President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López ObradorFayad explained that the balance increased after finding bodies in the zero zone of the event and the death of other people already hospitalized.
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Many of the injured suffer severe burns and there are fears that in the vicinity of the pipeline there are more burnt corpses where hundreds of people have gathered to steal fuel from the loss caused by mid-afternoon on Friday.
Since coming to power on December 1, López Obrador has started a frontal battle against the theft of hydrocarbons through the Pipelines of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), which generates millions of losses for the company.
To this end, the safety of the pipelines was reinforced with thousands of troops and more petrol was transported with a tube (tank), which caused shortage crisis in about ten states of the country, with closed service stations, panic purchases and pipeline sabotage.