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Eleven dead in Cuba after drinking black-market alcohol

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Eleven dead in Cuba after drinking black-market alcohol

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The Cuban government has confirmed that 11 people have died after drinking industrial strength methanol sold to them as rum.

59 are still in hospital, two in a serious condition.

A preliminary investigation suggests the methanol, which is commonly used as anti-freeze, was stolen from a government warehouse by two workers.

It was sold as black market alcohol by a local woman in the Havana neighbourhood of La Lisa.

Most of those who died were in their 40s and 50s and lived locally.

A neighbour explained why they had bought the alcohol, saying: “The other shops are far from here, and this alcohol is cheaper to buy. That’s why they came here”

Three people have been arrested.