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Tragedy hits the Haiti Carnival when a packed float was hit by a power line that fell.

At least 20 people were killed during the Haiti Carnival in the early hours of this morning when they were electrocuted by a power line falling on their packed float.

The accident happened as thousands of people filled the streets of central Port-au-Prince, the Caribbean country’s capital, for the raucous annual celebration.

Witnesses at the scene said someone on the float used a pole or stick to move a power line so the float could pass under it, but video appeared to show it striking the head of a singer riding on top.

Meanwhile in the southeastern Brazilian city of Nova Iguacu, three men were killed in eerily similar circumstances when their carnival float ran into a power line.

Seven people were reported dead on the float, which caught fire after the flash of sparks, Reuters reported. Others managed to jump off, leading to more deaths and injuries in the densely packed crowd of spectators as people began to panic.

Read more: Daily Mail