Horror at Haiti Carnival

 

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At least 18 people have died after a power line fell on to a carnival float in the Haitian capital, Port au Prince.

Witnesses said someone on the float used a stick to move the power line to let the float pass, the Associated Press news agency reported.

A doctor at a nearby hospital told the news agency that at least 18 people had died. Some were electrocuted, others died in the panic, which ensued.

Witnesses said some people managed to jump off the float, causing panic amid the crowd surrounding it.

Officials said another 60 people had been injured.

President Michel Martelly gave his condolences to the victims on Twitter.

“My sincere sympathy to the victims of the serious incident at Champ de Mars on the second day of carnival,” the president tweeted in French. (BBC)

6 Responses to Horror at Haiti Carnival

  1. Jason Husbands
    Jason Husbands February 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Sad

    Reply
  2. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker February 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Such a seemingly simple thing. What a tragic situation.

    Reply
  3. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley February 17, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Horrific tragedy when a carnival should be such a good time, may they all Rest In Peace

    Reply
  4. Alison Turton
    Alison Turton February 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    So sad

    Reply
  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 17, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Very

    Reply
  6. Godric Prentice
    Godric Prentice February 17, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    That is Haiti for you.let’s not pretend.

    Reply

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