Port-au-Prince, April 10 (HCNN) -- Haitian president Michel Joseph Martelly has expressed deep sorrow following the sinking on the night of Wednesday, April 8 a makeshift boat in the locality of Nan Bak, in the nothern Borgne district, causing the death of 21 people.
¬†President Martelly, on behalf of the entire Government sends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of this disaster.
¬†The victims were trying to go clandestinely to the Providenciales district on the island of Turk and Caicos. They decided to turn back when they faced bad weather in the middle of the night.
¬†According to testimonies of survivors, about 50 people were on board of the the small boat when it wrecked after hitting a reef off the northern coasts of Haiti.
¬†Martelly, who regrets that some compatriots continue to risk their lives on the high seas to reach foreign territories, reiterated the determination of his administration to continue the ongoing struggle to provide better living conditions for the Haitian people.