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School Collapse Haiti Mayor of Petionville Reacts TELEMAX
School Collapse Haiti Mayor of Petionville Reacts TELEMAX
Published: 2008/11/08
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S.O.S.S. Solidarite Petionville School Collapse Student Prayer Salute
S.O.S.S. Solidarite Petionville School Collapse Student Prayer Salute
Published: 2008/12/29
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Pictorial Memorial of Haiti School Collapse 2008
Pictorial Memorial of Haiti School Collapse 2008
Published: 2009/10/13
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Haiti school collapse
Haiti school collapse
Published: 2008/11/19
Channel: telestartv
School Collapse HAITI FLASH INFO NOV 10, 2008
School Collapse HAITI FLASH INFO NOV 10, 2008
Published: 2008/11/11
Channel: Telemax5
TRAGEDY SCHOOL COLLAPSED  INTERVIEW PASTOR FORTIN  PART # 6
TRAGEDY SCHOOL COLLAPSED INTERVIEW PASTOR FORTIN PART # 6
Published: 2009/06/08
Channel: Valerio saint-louis
Haiti - School collapse
Haiti - School collapse
Published: 2015/07/23
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School Collapse Haiti TELEMAX
School Collapse Haiti TELEMAX
Published: 2008/11/08
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School Collapse Haiti President Preval Speaks TELEMAX
School Collapse Haiti President Preval Speaks TELEMAX
Published: 2008/11/08
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Dramatic rescue pix as at least 47 killed in school collapse
Dramatic rescue pix as at least 47 killed in school collapse
Published: 2015/07/21
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School Collapse haiti Oxygen on Site Telemax
School Collapse haiti Oxygen on Site Telemax
Published: 2008/11/08
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SCHOOLS COLLAPSE IN HAITI
SCHOOLS COLLAPSE IN HAITI
Published: 2009/01/17
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School collapse in Haiti killing over 75 children- ???
School collapse in Haiti killing over 75 children- ???
Published: 2008/11/10
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TRAGEDY SCHOOL COLLAPSED INTERVIEW PASTOR FORTIN # 5
TRAGEDY SCHOOL COLLAPSED INTERVIEW PASTOR FORTIN # 5
Published: 2009/06/08
Channel: Valerio saint-louis
Haitian School Collapses
Haitian School Collapses
Published: 2008/11/08
Channel: CBS
Dozens Dead in Hatian School Collapse
Dozens Dead in Hatian School Collapse
Published: 2008/11/07
Channel: Associated Press
At Least 8 Injured in 2nd Haiti School Collapse
At Least 8 Injured in 2nd Haiti School Collapse
Published: 2008/11/13
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S.O.S.S
S.O.S.S
Published: 2008/12/29
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School Collapse Haiti DAY 2 NEWS TELEMAX 2 of 2
School Collapse Haiti DAY 2 NEWS TELEMAX 2 of 2
Published: 2008/11/09
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School Collapse Haiti DAY 2 NEWS TELEMAX 1 of 2
School Collapse Haiti DAY 2 NEWS TELEMAX 1 of 2
Published: 2008/11/09
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SOPUDEP School, Haiti
SOPUDEP School, Haiti
Published: 2008/04/14
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School Collapse Hosptial Kids Telemax
School Collapse Hosptial Kids Telemax
Published: 2008/11/08
Channel: Telemax5
HAITI TRAGEDY  SCHOOL COLLAPSE "LA PROMESSE" PART # 2
HAITI TRAGEDY SCHOOL COLLAPSE "LA PROMESSE" PART # 2
Published: 2008/11/13
Channel: Valerio saint-louis
School Collapse Haiti Mother Rejoices/Finds Daughter TELEMAX
School Collapse Haiti Mother Rejoices/Finds Daughter TELEMAX
Published: 2008/11/08
Channel: Telemax5
School Collapse Kills Dozen in Haiti
School Collapse Kills Dozen in Haiti
Published: 2008/11/08
Channel: junraz2010
INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER PASTOR FORTIN AUGUSTIN PART # 10
INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER PASTOR FORTIN AUGUSTIN PART # 10
Published: 2009/06/12
Channel: Valerio saint-louis
Injured children in Port-au-Prince hospital after a school collapse
Injured children in Port-au-Prince hospital after a school collapse
Published: 2008/11/09
Channel: No Comment TV
Owner of Haitian School Arrested After Collapse
Owner of Haitian School Arrested After Collapse
Published: 2008/11/09
Channel: Associated Press
Tragedy at Haitian School ( PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE PEOPLE)
Tragedy at Haitian School ( PLEASE PRAY FOR THESE PEOPLE)
Published: 2008/11/08
Channel: TTCafterRNY
Haitian school: Police detain owner of building collapsed
Haitian school: Police detain owner of building collapsed
Published: 2008/11/09
Channel: KITE PEYI'M MACHE
INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER PASTOR FORTIN AUGUSTIN PART # 9
INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER PASTOR FORTIN AUGUSTIN PART # 9
Published: 2009/06/10
Channel: Valerio saint-louis
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Before the Earthquake, School, Education, and Sustainability Issues Part 1
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Before the Earthquake, School, Education, and Sustainability Issues Part 1
Published: 2009/05/05
Channel: Gergens Polynice
Haitian school building collapsed during classes on Friday,
Haitian school building collapsed during classes on Friday,
Published: 2008/11/08
Channel: KITE PEYI'M MACHE
In the Life of a Haitian School Child - Eglise Bon Berguer
In the Life of a Haitian School Child - Eglise Bon Berguer
Published: 2008/09/24
Channel: Timothy Torres
HHH: Tarasse Community School of Haiti
HHH: Tarasse Community School of Haiti
Published: 2010/01/15
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Haiti Tragedy: Dozens Still Missing
Haiti Tragedy: Dozens Still Missing
Published: 2008/11/09
Channel: humbleguy2
( haiti )School collapsed in Hait
( haiti )School collapsed in Hait
Published: 2008/11/08
Channel: KITE PEYI'M MACHE
TRAGEDY HAITI SCHOOL "LA PROMESSE" PART # 3
TRAGEDY HAITI SCHOOL "LA PROMESSE" PART # 3
Published: 2008/11/13
Channel: Valerio saint-louis
Port au Prince to Petionville Dec 2007
Port au Prince to Petionville Dec 2007
Published: 2008/03/01
Channel: Joseph Beauchamp
Five children die in school collapse
Five children die in school collapse
Published: 2008/10/01
Channel: RT
School children in Haiti
School children in Haiti
Published: 2008/02/09
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TRAGEDY HAITI SCHOOL "LA PROMESSE" PART # 4
TRAGEDY HAITI SCHOOL "LA PROMESSE" PART # 4
Published: 2008/11/14
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Petion Ville, Haiti December 31 2008  Part 4
Petion Ville, Haiti December 31 2008 Part 4
Published: 2009/01/04
Channel: ArchivexHaiti
Haiti
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Published: 2008/11/12
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5 Loaves Ministry in Haiti
5 Loaves Ministry in Haiti
Published: 2008/01/10
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Street of Port-au-Prince, short graveyard sighting
Street of Port-au-Prince, short graveyard sighting
Published: 2008/05/14
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HELP FOR SCHOOL IN HAITI
HELP FOR SCHOOL IN HAITI
Published: 2008/03/29
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BelleChild 2007 school opening in Haiti
BelleChild 2007 school opening in Haiti
Published: 2008/01/13
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Petion Ville, Haiti December 31 2008
Petion Ville, Haiti December 31 2008
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MAGHREB CANAL 92 : HAITI CATASTROPHE & LE NEW COLONIALISME D
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2008 Pétion-Ville school collapse
Pétion-Ville is located in Haiti
Pétion-Ville
Pétion-Ville
Location of Pétion-Ville within Haiti
Date Friday, November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07)
Time 10:00 AM EST
Location Pétion-Ville, Haiti
Coordinates 18°30′58″N 72°16′59″W / 18.516°N 72.283°W / 18.516; -72.283Coordinates: 18°30′58″N 72°16′59″W / 18.516°N 72.283°W / 18.516; -72.283
Casualties
94 dead
150+ injured

The Pétion-Ville school collapse occurred on November 7, 2008, in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when the church-operated Collège La Promesse Évangélique ("The Evangelical Promise School")[1] collapsed at around 10:00 a.m.[2] local time (15:00 GMT). About 700 students from kindergarten through high school attended the school; however, it is unclear how many were in the three-story building when it collapsed.[3] At least 93 people, mostly children, were confirmed killed, and over 150 injured.[4] At least 35 students, 13 girls and 22 boys, were rescued from the rubble alive on November 8.[5]

Collapse[edit]

During the collapse, the first floor of the school buckled under, and the second and third floors of the building came down upon it. The collapse also destroyed several nearby homes.[6][7] However, only the first and second floors were filled with students,[6] and some students were in the playground area.[8] The cause of the collapse remains officially unstated, but residents of the town have said they suspect poor-quality construction as a cause.[6]

The school had previously experienced a partial collapse in 2000, but it was rebuilt.[3] After the first collapse, neighbors living downhill from the school abandoned their property out of fear that the building would fall onto their homes. The owner of the church-run school attempted to buy these vacated properties. In addition, the third floor of the building was under construction at the time of the 2008 collapse.[9]

After the collapse, at least 200 people were seen at hospitals in and around Port-au-Prince.[8] However, because of strikes at General Hospital and Hospital de la Paix,[10] two hospitals in the town, Trinité Hospital and University of Haiti Hospital saw most of the injured.[2][8]

Arrest[edit]

College La Promesse school owner, Rev. Fortin Augustin, Protestant minister and preacher, was arrested on November 8, 2008. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and brought to a Haitian police station,[11] after he allegedly told Haitian president René Préval that "the church school had been built with hardly any structural steel or cement to hold its concrete blocks together; he constructed the building all by himself, saying he didn't need an engineer as he had good knowledge of construction." He claimed to have the knowledge of construction and the word of God with him. Everywhere he went he had always tried to spread it, teaching people that the way that they are supposed to get through life is with the word of God in their hearts because that's really the only thing that can save when you are in a situation you can't get out of.[12]

Reaction and rescue operations[edit]

Haiti's neighbor, the Dominican Republic, sent two helicopters to assist in evacuating the injured.[9] United Nations peacekeepers, stationed in the country since the 2004 coup d'état, assisted in the rescue efforts, as did members of the aid group Doctors Without Borders[9] and the International Red Cross.[13] The U.S. Agency for International Development sent a disaster response team to the school, and provided more logistical and rescue equipment.[14] This consists of some 38 Virginia search-and-rescue officials and four rescue dogs, (led by Capt. Michael Istvan, operations chief for the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue team, flown by Alexandre Deprez, acting director for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Haiti). Also, a team of 15 Martinique firefighters and doctors, led by Daniel Vigee, and groups from Médecins sans Frontières and Haiti arrived to rescue the remaining trapped children.[1]

Hilario Davide, Jr. reported that “Filipino Blue Berets were the first to arrive at the scene on November 7 and immediately went to action, using their bare hands to roll over concrete slabs and dig through the rubble in their bid to pull out both the living and the dead. 157 officers and enlisted personnel from the Philippine Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as 13 other officers from the Philippine National Police, are serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The Filipinos were instrumental in the recovery of 9 victims who survived the tragedy.” The Filipino peace-keepers worked with blue helmets from Brazil, Chile, and Ecuador and Haitian police.[15]

Related incidents[edit]

Only five days after the Pétion-Ville school disaster, portions of Grace Divine School in Port-au-Prince also collapsed.[16]

Further reading[edit]

The school collapse is recounted in the prologue of Jonathan M. Katz's The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. ISBN 978-0230341876

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b news.xinhuanet.com, Death toll in Haitian school collapse rises to 92
  2. ^ a b "50 dead in Haitian grade-school collapse". AFP. 2008-11-08. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  3. ^ a b Katz, Jonathan M. (2008-11-07). "Death toll in Haiti school collapse rises to 30". AP. Retrieved 2008-11-08. [dead link]
  4. ^ Beaumont, Peter (2008-11-09). "Haiti school collapse: 200 feared missing". London: The Observer. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  5. ^ www.reuters.com, Death toll passes 90 in Haiti school collapse
  6. ^ a b c "Deadly school collapse in Haiti". BBC. 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  7. ^ "84 killed, 150 injured in Haitian school collapse". Associated Press. 2008-11-09. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  8. ^ a b c "Rescue continues into the night after Haiti school collapses". CNN. 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  9. ^ a b c Katz, Jonathan (2008-11-07). "Death toll in Haiti school collapse rises to 30". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-11-07. [dead link]
  10. ^ edition.cnn.com, Death toll climbs as search continues in Haiti collapse
  11. ^ canadianpress.google.com, Owner of collapsed Haiti school arrested[dead link]
  12. ^ macaunews.net, Haiti school owner in custody
  13. ^ "50 dead in Haitian grade-school collapse". Agence France-Presse. 2008-11-08. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  14. ^ "USAID Responds Immediately to Haitian School Collapse". Wall Street Journal. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  15. ^ gmanews.tv/story, RP troops helping in rescue work in Haiti building collapse
  16. ^ "Second school collapses in Haiti". CNN. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 

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