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Haiti Carnival deaths spur government to strengthen festival safety

A puppet moves through the carnival crowd in Haiti.
A puppet moves through the carnival crowd in Haiti. Image by HOPE Art / CC BY 2.0

The Haiti government has promised to strengthen security during major public festivities and reassess safety standards, following the death of almost 20 people during Haiti’s annual Carnival in Port-au-Prince earlier this week. Festival-goers were killed and injured when a power line fell on a float, electrocuting those in its path and causing mass panic. The Ministry of Public Works, Transport, and Communications has launched a committee to assess safety in the Port-au-Prince area where the festival takes place each year, to ensure organisers know how to comply with public electrical safety standards. Underground power cables are being considered along the carnival route. Read more: haitiantimes.com