MAURITIUS, February 17, 2023 (Le Matinal – Google translated from French): The whole of Mauritius is plunged into mourning this Thursday, February 16. A kanwar parade float, 26 feet high, carried by a group of pilgrims from Albion returning from the sacred lake of Grand-Bassin caught fire after hitting a high voltage line on the Mare-Longue road. This fire caused the explosion of a battery inside this kanwar. About fifteen people were injured and were evacuated to Victoria hospitals in Candos and Jawaharlall Nehru in Rose-Belle. Rohan Doorja, 21, and Parmessur Dookiah, 37, did not survive their burns. Another person is placed in a room of the intensive care unit and his state of health inspires serious concerns.

Following this tragedy, the Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, who was to leave the country on the evening of Thursday February 16 for Ethiopia to attend the 36th ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, canceled his departure. The Human Service Trust canceled its function at Grand Bassin last night, the youth concert also canceled. An investigation has been initiated at the police level to shed light on the exact circumstances of this tragedy. =

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