Haiti protests turn deadly

admin   •   February 13, 2019   •   3191

Vehicle on fire in the middle of a street in Port-au-Prince. Haiti on February 12, 2019 | Reuters

A man was shot during violent protests in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday (February 12) as Haitians continue to demonstrate against the state of the economy and corruption.

In graphic images, a man can be seen lying on the ground surrounded by other protesters after having been shot.

Protesters also set fire to a vehicle, while other people looted a store in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

The protests come amidst public anger over suspected corruption and allegations of embezzlement of funds of Petrocaribe, a Venezuela-sponsored oil programme.

At the backdrop of the protests is a local economy that is stagnating, a falling currency and soaring inflation. Protesters are calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. — Reuters

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800 families lost their home after Mandaluyong fire

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 2, 2020

A huge fire hit Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City on Monday (June 1).

Dennis Madeo and his two children were at home when the fire broke out. Still in recovery from a stroke, Dennis was not able to save some of their belongings. His wife, who just got back to work during the general community quarantine (GCQ), was safe.

He and his family are currently staying at a evacuation center, still unsure of where to live.

Dennis, along with the other residents, is calling for the government for assistance.

Sana tulungan kami […] hindi ko masabi kasing itong anak ko dalawa (I hope they help us […] I cannot tell what will happen, because I have two children),” he said.

According to Milagrosa Lagadan from the Mandaluyong City Social Welfare and Development, they can only provide limited assistance to the residents.

While they can provide food assistance, the local government cannot provide other necessities including clothing and personal hygiene kits.

The fire reached General Alarm with around P2 million worth of damage. –AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

250 families lost their homes in Davao City fire

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2020

Over 250 families lost their homes in a fire at New Society Village in Barangay Ilang, Davao City on Wednesday (April 29).

Based on the initial investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire started at 2:30 a.m. and lasted for two hours. The cause of the fire possibly came from electrical ignition. No casualties were reported in the incident.

According to Barangay Captain Amado Babao, they continue to observe social distancing protocols even when the affected families are currently in evacuation centers.

“Itong mga nasunugan, idinivide natin ito sa tatlong groups para ma-observe natin ang social distancing sa mga taong nasunugan, (The families affected by the fire are divided into three groups to observe social distancing),” he said.

Meanwhile, Davao City government said they will install individual shelters for the quarantined persons affected by the fire. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

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5-year-old hero saves family from fire in Georgia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

A 5-year-old boy in Georgia, United States, was able to save his family when their home caught fire.

In a Facebook post of the Bartow County Fire Department (BCFD), 5-year-old Noah Woods woke up to find his bedroom on fire and the only way out was through a window.

Noah was able to save his 2-year-old sister and their dog through the window and woke his uncle up next door to alert the rest of the family.

“Noah and 4 other family members were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation. Noah is credited for saving himself and 7 other family members,” the post reads.

BCFD Chief Dwayne Jamison will recognize him as an Honorary Bartow County Firefighter and present him with a Lifesaving Award.—AAC

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