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Haiti - FLASH : The toll of the tragedy in Cap-Haitien strongly increase and stands at 134 victims
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.
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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