Three days of mourning for Haiti carnival victims

“At least 16 people died and 78 were injured when a float hit power lines in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, on the second day of an annual festival.

The float caught fire after it hit a high-voltage overhead power cable, witnesses said.

Video of the incident appeared to show the electric cable catch the head of a singer from popular Haitian hip-hop band Barikad Crew.

The rap group’s star singer, who goes by the name Fantom, was struck directly by the fallen cable and is in a critical condition, the website Haiti Press Network said.

Seven people were reported dead on the float, and others were killed in the ensuing panic.

Many of those who died were dancers and musicians on the float.

Thousands of people have joined a memorial march to pay their respects to the victims.”

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