Here is a listing of the 17 people who were killed in the 2015 Kanaval in Haiti
Government Negligence Contributed to Carnival Deaths
It would be more accurate to say the government's negligence regarding public safety set up the conditions causing the accident. By this is meant it is customary for a designated person atop a float to clear low-lying power lines, an obviously hazardous practice. In addition to the 17 confirmed dead, 78 other individuals were injured.
One can speculate on the reason for a national funeral and the government absorbing the cost of the caskets and flags: it is trying to assuage its conscience in front of a nation that knows it failed to protect the public safety by allowing a dangerous practice to continue.
Here is a picture of President Michel Martelly as he is comforting the families and relatives of the victimes of Kanaval accident
Champ de Mars Park was the site of a national funeral for the 17 people, who died during a stampede on day two of 2015 Carnival. The Haitian government supplied white caskets, adorned with the Haitian flag for the deceased. The caskets were lined up beneath a stage upon which President Martelly, First Lady Sophia, and Prime Minister Paul met with the victims' family members, relatives, and friends. Some of the bereaved fainted and had to be carried off the stage.
The stampede began after singer Daniel Darinus, atop a parade float, hit a low-lying high-tension power line while being distracted by the crowds. The power line exploded with a brilliant white flash, burning Darinus severely and triggering a wild stampede away from the area. Darinus, hospitalized for his injuries, stated ". . . an unexpected move forward caused the accident"
This is a picture of Fantom from Barikad crew as he was receiving care in a hospital following Kanaval accident
One parade witness reported she ". . . saw the wire falling and sparks and . . . started running for my life" Another witness stated ". . . the crowd seemed to surge all at once . . . I saw people running so I did too"
Video captured ambulance emergency personnel running past crowds of people carrying the stricken on stretchers. The hospital grounds were crammed with hundreds bearing victims or seeking information about family members. As victims were confirmed dead a wailing rose up. The hospital morgue was flooded with the dead.
Prime Minister Paul announced three days of national mourning and ordered the last day of Carnival cancelled. Government officials announced there would be a state funeral for the deceased, and a candlelight vigil for all the victims.
Here is the Haitian President Michel Martelly paying respect to the people who died during the Kanaval accident where many people in the float of Barikad Crew were electrocuted
16 Dead in Carnival Accident: State Funeral to be held for Deceased
Haiti's Carnival celebration was interrupted when an overhead high-tension cable fell as a parade float attempted to pass underneath it. A man aboard the float had been trying to move the cable out of the way with a stick, and was electrocuted when the sparking cable swung through the air, shocking him. Others on the float were shocked as well, yet some others managed to escape by leaping off the float.
The sparking, swinging cable created a panic among thousands of parade watchers, starting a stampede, killing some caught underfoot and injuring many more. The casualties totaled 16 dead at last count, with 78 more injured.
Major accident during Haiti Kanaval
Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul decreed three days of national mourning for 16 people electrocuted and killed by a falling overhead power line during the 2015 Carnival parade. Another 78 people were either killed or injured during a stampede away from the sparking cable flailing in the air.
Eyewitnesses at the parade said a person seated atop one of 16 floats in the parade took a stick and tried to move a power line in the path of the float. Suddenly the power line fell, electrocuting a member of Barikad Crew, its lead vocalist Fantom, who survived. Some people were able to escape injury, but others could not avoid being struck by the sparking cable. Paul cancelled the last day of Carnival, and his government will hold a state funeral for the deceased as well as a candlelight vigil at the accident site for all victims.
Barikad crew electrocuted during Kanaval
A video recording shows that during the three-day long carnival festival "Nou Tout Se Ayiti" (we are all Haiti), a large float for a band named the Barikad Crew was performing beneath a series of high-voltage overhead power cable. When the procession was passing the presidential stand packed with spectators, one of their singers who was standing high on the float, attempted to remove the high voltage wire with a pole. All of a sudden, he came into the contact of a wire that sets off a bright flash of light and he was dead. A sudden panic caught the people around the float and they started running helter-skelter.
The accldent in 2015 was not the forst time the musical group Barikad crew was involved in accident in Haiti. In 2008, four Barikad Crew members and their driver died in an accident.
At least 16 people were killed and more than 60 people were injured of stampede in an ensuing panic by the bystanders when a carnival float hit a power line in the Haitian capital on February 17, 2015. As per Associated Press news agency report, someone on the float used a pole to move a live power line out of the way so that the float could pass under it. The persons, who had received the direct contact, were electrocuted immediately with a flash of sparks. A post in the "You Tube" shows that the electric cable caught the head of a singer from the hip-hop band 'Barikad Crew' while the float was passing the presidential stand packed with spectators. The star singer of the group "Fantom" has been admitted to the hospital and reported to be still in critical condition.
kanaval accident 2015 - Seconds after event
Float Accident at Haiti Carnival Parade, 20 Dead. Following the accident, the government has commented on being desirous of preventing such occurrences from taking place in the future. Their quick response, as detailed by Rothschild Francois Jr., Minister of Communications, was to set up an inter-agency commission to report on the incident. He said they would be inspecting for safety all high tension cables as a short term plan to protect the public, and also looking into the modernization of the electricity framework as provided by the state-run electricity company, EDH. These modern improvements may consist of the laying out of lines underground on those streets where the carnival would be held annually.
Second before Kanaval accident in Haiti
While no carnival celebration anywhere in the world is without its instances of danger, the 2015 Haitian Carnival season was marred by a particularly gruesome accident which resulted in the deaths of 20 people and injury to many others including a popular singer. Reports surfaced on Tuesday, February 17 that a singer, Fantom, from the Hip-Hop group Barikad Crew came into contact with an overhead power line that touched him as the float passed by. The man was electrocuted, and several others were reported to have been as well.
The real danger was a stampede that occurred when the public realized what was happening. Scores of panicked carnival goers began to run away from the float, trampling underfoot those unfortunate enough to fall. Initial tallies were that 15 men and 3 women had been killed, but that number has since grown from 18 to 20 people with a reported 70 others injured.
The radio host at trans Inter is having problem with the presence of a Cemetery stand in the middle of a carnival celebration in Haiti. According to Mr. Daly Valet, the presence of the Cemetery of Port-au-Prince Kanaval stand is not an innocent act by the Martelly Government.
Daly Valet who admitted that he's not a superstitious person by any mean, asked many questions that would be very important for the public to know an answer for. However, the remain unanswered:
What is a cemetery stand doing in a carnival?
Why all those mystical symbols in the stand?
What kind of publicity a public cemetery feels that it needs to do and why in a Carnival?
Where does the cemetery of Port-au-Prince find money in he amount of $8 thousand US dollars to finance a Carnival stand?
According to Daly Valet, the only thing he could come up with is that there was Black Magic going on in the intersection where the Cemetary of Port-au-Prince carnival stand was placed.
Ki sa yon Cimetye de Potoprens stand vini fe nan yon kafou 4 tet nan yon Kanaval?