Haiti Carnival Tragedy Prompts New Security Measures – VOA News

The development followed a revision of the death toll from Monday’s electrocution, which now stands at 18.  Most of the dead, 15 men and 3 women, died during a stampede after one of the floats carrying the popular band Barikad Crew hit an overhead electric cable causing a sudden large flash that caused a crowd of spectators to panic. The death toll was previously 16, with more than 70 people were injured.

According to the minister, an inter-agency commission is being set up to report on the carnival tragedy. He said the government would inspect every high tension cable for safety for nearby homes and traffic, as well as put together a plan to modernize the state electricity company, EDH.  Improvements could include the possible installation of underground lines on the streets where carnival is held every year. via VOA News.

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