Despite tragedy at Carnival, Dwyane Wade promotes Haiti as tourist destination

Chaos at 'Karnivale' is far from Dwyane Wade's Haitian oaisis


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Dwyane Wade, 33, used social media to promote tourism in Haiti Tuesday.

The Miami Heat star shared a paradisiac photograph on Instagram with the caption "quick get-away" and hash tag "Haiti Experience It."

There were signs of gratitude among Haitians on Twitter. Five years after the Jan. 12, 2010 massive earthquake that caused an estimated $14 billion in damage, efforts to attract foreign investment in tourism continue.

"Enjoy man ... thanks for giving the country a chance and live it up," Jean Marc Perry said on Twitter after Wade shared the photo.

Meanwhile, Haitian authorities decided to cancel Tuesday's third and final day of Carnival events, Haitian consulate general Stephane Gilles told Local 10 News Calvin Hughes.

Hours after Wade, Gabrielle Union, Chris and Adrianne Bosh flew into Port-au-Prince for the annual three-day Carnival -- tragedy struck. 

There were at least 20 killed and 46 injured, after Barikad Crew's Carnival float was too high for a power line, Nadia Lochard, a coordinator for Haiti's  Department of Civil Protection.

Witnesses said a man known as Fantom, a member of the hip-hop group, was on the float and used a stick to attempt to move a low-hanging power line. There was a flash of sparks and his electrocution was instant. Radio station Zenith-FM quoted a doctor as saying that the singer was expected to survive.

General Hospital Dr. Joel Desire said the deaths were due to the chaotic scene that followed. People were trampled to death, officials said.

"I saw the wire falling and sparks and I started running for my life," said Natacha Saint Fleur, a 22-year-old who was near the float at the time.

Communications Minister Rothchild Francis said the government was working to assist victims. First lady Sophia Martelly visited some of the injured but left the hospital without speaking to reporters. There will be a moment of silence at 5 p.m in Port-au-Prince's Champs de Mars neighborhood.

Wade was far away from the suffering. He did not acknowledge it on social media. Instead, he shared the picture of his secluded oasis.

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