Four killed after carnival float catches fire in Brazil

The float, authorities said, caught fire early on Tuesday after it struck a power line during maneuvers following its participation in ongoing carnival festivities.

The accident, which follows a nightclub fire that killed 239 people in southern Brazil last month, comes at a time when public events and venues are under intense scrutiny because of what critics consider the lax enforcement of safety and fire codes in the country.

The criticism comes as Brazil, Latin America's biggest country, prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors for the World Cup of soccer in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

Late Sunday, the most recent victim of the nightclub tragedy in the southern city of Santa Maria succumbed to injuries, raising the death toll from the January fire to 239.

Santos, the site of the Carnival float fire early Tuesday, is South America's busiest port. The city is located about 88km southeast of São Paulo.


Brazil kicked off its annual carnival revelry last Friday.

It is most famously celebrated in Rio de Janeiro with festivities including flamboyant floats flanked by small armies of celebrants in flashy costumes.

Many other cities also mark the holiday with processions with floats and musicians playing on slow-moving flatbed trucks. – Reuters

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Reuters
Guest Author

Related stories

Be your queer black self in Brazil

A monthly party sees crowds of up to 50 000 letting their hair down in São Paulo and other cities

São Paulo’s only ‘faggot house’ survives Bolsonaro

The election of Brazil’s right-wing president has let loose his followers’ queerphobia

A footie-mad mother narrates for blind son

​A passionate Brazilian football fan has drawn nationwide attention for narrating her local team’s football matches live to her blind and autistic son

The man who could save Brazil is in jail

Despite a plea from the UN, the country’s court ruled that Lula da Silva can’t run in the presidential elections

Ex-Sao Paulo mayor named as jailed Lula’s running mate

Despite being behind bars, Lula leads the voting intentions of a third of the electorate, according to polls

On travelling alone across the black Atlantic

Brazil might have all the trappings of a new place, but the spectre of slavery makes it feel familiar
Advertising

Sekhukhune’s five-year battle for water back in court

The residents of five villages are calling for the district municipal manager to be arrested

Fees free fall, independent schools close

Parents have lost their jobs or had salaries cut; without state help the schools just can’t survive

Vaccine trial results due in December

If successful, it will then have to be manufactured and distributed

White men still rule and earn more

Women and black people occupy only a few seats at the JSE table, the latest PwC report has found
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday