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Haiti carnival turns deadly as float catches fire

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Haiti carnival turns deadly as float catches fire


In Haiti, at least 18 people have been killed and dozens more hurt when a carnival float hit power lines in the capital Port-au-Prince.

Witnesses say a high-voltage cable appeared to catch the head of a singer from hip-hop band Barikad Crew who was aboard the float which later burst into flames.

Seven people were reported dead at the scene with others killed in the ensuing panic.

Haiti President Michel Martelly expressed his “sincerest sympathies” to the victims in a Twitter message while his wife visited hospitals treating the injured.

The raucous three day annual stree parade coincides with other Mardi Gras carnivals around the world and attracts large crowds eager to see competing music bands.

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