A rumor stating that President Jovenel Moïse was nearly carried away in a flood spread on social media Sunday. The Haitian government said the rumor is false.
Social media users also posted pictures of Moïse soaked and of two vehicles in the flooded river in Môle-Saint-Nicolas, a borough in the northwest of Haiti.
The National Palace denied the rumor in a press release on Sunday.
President Moïse had traveled to Môle-Saint-Nicolas with his family for Easter, according to the National Palace. While there, heavy rains fell. He and his entourage went to the flooded river to assist residents, including the people who were in the two vehicles, the press release reads.
Government to assist 60 families after flooding
The government will help about 60 families who suffered damage from a flood in Jean-Rabel, a commune in the Môle-Saint-Nicolas borough in the northwest, President Jovenel Moïse said on Twitter.
“I asked the prime minister to give clear instructions to the Ministers of the Interior and of Social Affairs to assist about sixty families in the town of Jean-Rabel,” Moïse said.
The toll of the damage incurred was not detailed.
Haiti soccer most followed team in Caribbean on social media
Haiti’s soccer team has the most followers on social media among all the other soccer federations in the Caribbean, racking more than 437,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to Juno7.
Jamaica has the second most followers, tallying 157,000. Meanwhile, Dominican Republic has the least with 34,000 followers. Source