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Haiti Government Introduces Plan To Strengthen Public Safety After Carnival Deaths

A reveller blows a whistle as he takes part in the National Carnival 2015 annual parade in Port-au-Prince February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A reveller blows a whistle as he takes part in the National Carnival 2015 annual parade in Port-au-Prince February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Following the death of 18 Carnival goers in Haiti early Tuesday morning, the Haitian government revealed plans to strengthen security measures during major public festivities. This announcement comes on the heels of questions raised about the government’s accountability and responsibility for the accident.

“The government has adopted a set of technical measures to enhance public safety in these kinds of activities,” the prime minister’s communication office said in a statement.

The plan, which falls under the Ministry of Public Works, Transport, and Communications, will form a public safety assessment committee to evaluate the general safety of the area, and help organizers comply with public electrical safety standards.

The new measure also calls for the use of underground cables on the Carnival route, and for a general inspector to head security and safety protocols.

The government has given the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Public Health and Population 30 days to turn in a report detailing their plan of action.

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Feb. 19, 2015

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