Relatives search for dead after stampede at Hindu festival

Relatives view photos of the dead at a morgue in Allahabad. Photo: AFP

Anxious relatives searched for missing family members in northern India on Sunday after a stampede killed 36 people during one of the world's largest religious gatherings, as the emergency services came under fire for their handling of the tragedy.

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 7:01am

Ivory Coast New Year's fireworks stampede kills 60

The scene after 60 people died after crowds stampeded during a celebratory New Year fireworks in Abidjan. Photo: AFP

About 60 people were crushed to death in a stampede outside a stadium in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan after a New Year's Eve fireworks display.

The tragedy unfolded near Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, where a crowd had gathered to watch fireworks.

2 Jan 2013 - 6:31am

Probe ordered as India festival stampede kills 18

Indian Hindu devotees cross a bamboo bridge as they gather to pay homage to the setting sun on the banks of the Ganges River on Monday. Photo: AFP

India on Tuesday launched a probe into a stampede which killed 18 women and children when a makeshift bridge collapsed at a Hindu festival, as devotees returned to pray at the scene of tragedy.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:13pm

Hindu festival stampede leaves 18 dead in eastern India: police

Hindu devotees take part in worship on the banks of the River Ganges river during Chhath festival. At least 18 people were killed in a stampede after a bridge collapsed. Photo: AP

At least 18 people were killed and more than a dozen injured following the collapse of a bridge which triggered a stampede on Monday during a Hindu festival in the eastern Indian city of Patna, officials said.

“Bodies of the 18 people killed in the stampede have been sent to the hospital for autopsies,” Jayant Kant, a police superintendent in Patna told the AFP news agency.

19 Nov 2012 - 11:52pm

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20 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

How to survive when a crowd stampedes

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7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Schools urged to learn from stampede

The Ministry of Education issued an emergency circular yesterday calling on all schools to draw a lesson from the stampede in Aksu, Xinjiang, which left 41 students injured on Monday.

The ministry has repeatedly issued specific requirements to prevent stampedes, but some schools are still ignoring them, according to the circular.

1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Hundreds dead after stampede


At least 378 people were killed in a stampede in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. About 750 others were injured.


25 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Chaotic rush for Games tickets

Olympics fans snap after 40-hour wait; police stop fights, battle crowds

Impatient fans stormed Olympics ticket outlets yesterday in an attempt to snatch the last batch of tickets for next month's Games as police lost control of the situation and scuffled with crowds.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Cooking oil stampede prompts a sales ban

Beijing has banned limited-period promotions and sales in retail outlets to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's fatal stampede at a supermarket in Chongqing caused by shoppers scrambling to snap up discounted cooking oil.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Crush leads to new rules

The Chongqing authorities have called on organisers of mass events to formulate safety plans and apply for police approval 20 days in advance to avoid a repeat of the stampede at a supermarket that left three people dead on Saturday.

12 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Many at fault for race chaos: report

But Jockey Club says no one will be singled out for bad planning that led to cap stampede

The Jockey Club yesterday admitted extensive management failure sparked last month's stampede for souvenir caps after Silent Witness's record-breaking win.

11 May 2005 - 12:00am

Old folks crushed in stampede for free rice

Eight people, one of them 98 years old, were injured yesterday when a Lunar New Year handout for the elderly sparked a stampede at a public housing estate in Kwai Chung.

Crowds of old people began queuing outside a roller-skating rink - the site of the handout - in Tai Wo Hau Estate on Tai Ha Street as early as 5am.

23 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

'Fireworks rumour sparked stampede'

Officials in Miyun county, Beijing, yesterday blamed a stampede that killed 37 people on rumours of a fireworks display, which led to thousands of people crowding onto a bridge.

Xia Qiang, Communist Party Secretary of Miyun county, said the rumours drew as many as 30,000 people to Mihong Park on Thursday to celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day.

11 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Stampede inquiry must strive to find the truth

Shortly before the holiday period began, state leaders promised that the Year of the Monkey would see new measures introduced to make the mainland a safer place. The Lantern Festival disaster on Thursday night has demonstrated all too soon the need for swift and comprehensive action.

7 Feb 2004 - 12:00am