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Haiti - FLASH : The toll of the tragedy in Cap-Haitien strongly increase and stands at 134 victims
16/12/2021 05:23:02

Haiti - FLASH : The toll of the tragedy in Cap-Haitien strongly increase and stands at 134 victims
Following the tragedy caused by the explosion of a tanker truck filled with fuel in Cap-Haitien, Tuesday, December 14 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-35481-haiti-flash-cap-haitien-more-than-120-victims-all-the-details-of-the-tanker-explosion-partial-toll.html which claimed 134 victims (75 dead, 47 serious burns and 12 light burns) according to the latest report of situation communicated by Jerry Chandler, Director of Civil Protection, the Government has in a decree, decided after deliberation of the Council of Ministers that December 15, 16 and 17, 2021 are declared days of national mourning.

A tragedy that moved His Holiness Pope Francis who at the end of the general audience on Wednesday December 15 at the Vatican declared:

"In recent hours, a devastating explosion has taken place in Cap-Haitien, in northern Haiti, in which many people have lost their lives, including many children. Poor Haiti... One ordeal after another... It is a people who are suffering. Pray, pray for Haiti, they are good people, religious people, but they are suffering so much. I am close to the inhabitants of this city and to the families of the victims as well as the wounded. I invite you to join me in praying for our brothers and sisters who suffer so much."

Many other reactions : https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-35485-haiti-drama-of-cap-haitien-rain-of-national-and-international-messages-of-sympathy.html

Text of the National Mourning Order :

Official Journal "LE MONITEUR Special N°58 - Wednesday December 15, 2021 "

"Considering the Decree of May 10, 2017 setting the rules relating to public ceremonies, precedence, civil and military honors;

Considering the fire that occurred in Cap-Haitien on the night of December 14, 2021;

Considering that this fire caused considerable loss of human life;

Considering that, faced with the scale of the tragedy, it is necessary for the Government to salute the memory of those tragically deceased;

Considering that for this purpose, it is necessary for the Government to declare three (3) days of mourning throughout the national territory;

On the report of the Minister of the Interior and Territorial Communities, the Minister of Justice and Public Security;

And after deliberation in the Council of Ministers;


Article 1.- December 15, 16 and 17, 2021 are declared days of national mourning throughout the national territory in memory of the people who tragically died during the fire in Cap-Haitien on the night of December 14, 2021.

Article 2.-

In observance of these three (3) days of national mourning, the following measures are adopted:

- the half-masting of the national flag in front of public and private buildings;

- the suspension of all social activities;

- the closure of nightclubs and other similar establishments;

- the invitation to radio and television stations to program special programs and music for the occasion.

Article 3.- This Decree will be printed, published and executed for legal purposes.

Given at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, December 14, 2021, 218th year of independence."

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