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Dozens Die in Stampede at Ethiopia Religious Festival

Protests started at event, then police response

(Newser) - Dozens of people were crushed to death Sunday in a stampede after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an anti-government protest that grew out of a massive religious festival, witnesses said. An estimated two million people were attending the annual Irrecha thanksgiving event in Bishoftu town southeast... More »

12 Girls Die in Stampede During Afghan Quake

At least 30 other schoolgirls were injured in Afghanistan's Takhar province

(Newser) - The massive earthquake that shook South Asia Monday created a second tragedy in the Takhar province of Afghanistan when 12 schoolgirls rushing to escape the building they were in died in the ensuing stampede, AFP reports. Between 30 and 40 other girls were injured and taken to local hospitals, media... More »

How the Mecca Stampede Happened

'Fluid dynamics' can cause disaster, experts say

(Newser) - With crowds the size of those on the hajj pilgrimage, normality can turn to chaos and horror in a matter of minutes, according to experts who say yesterday's stampede near Mecca followed a grimly familiar pattern. A big part of the problem is "fluid dynamics—except people are... More »

Hundreds Die in Stampede at 'Stoning the Devil' Ritual

Disaster hits hajj pilgrimage once again

(Newser) - A stampede at the "stoning the devil" ritual has become the hajj pilgrimage's worst disaster in a decade. Saudi authorities say at least 717 people were killed; previous reports said at least another 450 were injured in the crush of people at Mina, near the holy city of... More »

Stampede for Free Clothes Leaves at Least 23 Dead

Dozens injured after clothing giveaway at Bangladesh factory

(Newser) - What should have been a generous charity event turned deadly today when hundreds of people stormed a free clothing giveaway, leaving at least 23 dead and dozens injured in Bangladesh, the AP reports. A senior police official says that toll could rise, since "some people had taken the bodies... More »

Shanghai Stampede Victims Mostly Young Women

Social media users blame tragedy on migrant population

(Newser) - City officials are disclosing more information about Shanghai's New Year's Eve stampede as crowds gather in the city's waterfront area to mourn the dead. AP puts the death toll at 36; all but four of the victims identified were under 25 and 21 were women, officials say,... More »

Cops: Tossed Cash Didn't Set Off Shanghai Stampede

Families demand answers after 36 fatalities

(Newser) - The death toll from last night's stampede in Shanghai has risen to 36 as families demand answers about why so many people—hundreds of thousands—were allowed to gather in one area with so little crowd control. Among the developments:
  • Lack of police: Authorities were worried days in advance
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35 Dead in New Year's Stampede in Shanghai

Even more are injured in the crush

(Newser) - A New Year's tragedy in downtown Shanghai: A stampede of people celebrating the arrival of 2015 has left 35 people dead and more than 40 injured, reports the BBC . It happened about 11:35pm local time in the city's Chenyi Square, according to China's Xinhua news service.... More »

Planes Rerouted to Prevent Walrus Stampede

FAA warns media, gawkers to stay away, not spook beached animals

(Newser) - Aircraft, media, and curious folks in general have been instructed to stay far away from the 35,000 walruses crammed onto an Alaskan beach to prevent the easily spooked animals from stampeding each other to death, the Guardian reports. "When they lose their sea ice habitat and come ashore... More »

Temple Stampede Kills at Least 89

More than 100 wounded as chaos breaks out at India festival

(Newser) - At least 89 people were killed today in a stampede of Hindu worshippers crossing a bridge to a temple in central India, police said. The chaos broke out as rumors spread that the bridge was collapsing over the Sindh River, DK Arya, deputy inspector general of police in the Chambal... More »

Boxing Match Stampede Kills 17

Rioting breaks out at packed stadium in Indonesia

(Newser) - When fans disagreed over scoring at an Indonesian boxing match yesterday, a fight broke out—followed by a stampede to exit the stadium that left at least 17 dead and 39 injured, Reuters reports. Most of the dead were women. Some 1,500 attended the match in Papua province, though... More »

Stampede Kills 10 at 'Largest Gathering in History'

Massive gathering attracts up to 30M devotees to bathe

(Newser) - At least 10 people were killed and a dozen more injured today after a stampede broke out at a train station in the northern Indian town where millions of devout Hindus gathered for a religious festival dubbed the "largest human gathering in history." As many as 20 people... More »

60 Crushed to Death After Fireworks in Ivory Coast

Victims mainly children between the ages of 8 and 15

(Newser) - More NYE tragedy : At least 60 people were crushed to death in a stampede after a fireworks display in the Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan this morning. The BBC reports that it's unclear what caused the stampede, which took place near a stadium where people had gathered... More »

Stampede Kills 3 Women at Madrid Halloween Party

Police suggest firecracker sparked stampede in crowded venue

(Newser) - A Halloween party went horribly wrong in Madrid last night, leaving three young women dead and two more in serious condition, reports El Pais . An exploding firecracker around 4am at a crowded electronic music party reportedly caused a stampede. Two women were found dead at the scene, while another died... More »

Dozens of Chinese Kids Injured in Recess Stampede

Children tumble down stairs, others rush over them

(Newser) - Dozens of elementary schoolkids were injured in western China when classes stampeded to a playground at recess. Students were racing down a stairwell at the school in Aksu city when some of them fell and the rest rushed over them to get outside, officials told AP . No deaths were reported... More »

339 Dead in Cambodian Festival Stampede

Hundreds more severely injured; 'biggest tragedy' since Khmer Rouge

(Newser) - More than 330 Cambodians died today in a stampede that broke out as some 2 million gathered for a festival to celebrate the end of the rainy season, reports the AP. Prime Minister Hun Sen said the deaths at the three-day water festival was the country's "biggest tragedy" since... More »

15 Killed At Music Festival Stampede

Daylong show in Germany turns tragic; dozens injured

(Newser) - Awful news from a daylong festival of technomusic in Germany: Police say at least 15 people were killed and dozens more injured during a crowd stampede. The panic took place in a tunnel leading to the festival grounds, where hundreds of thousands had assembled for the annual "Love Parade"... More »

Fan Stampede Mars Pre-World Cup Match

At least 15 injured just 5 days before tournament begins

(Newser) - Fans stampeded outside the gates of a stadium playing host to a World Cup warmup match today near Johannesburg, injuring at least 15. A police officer was seriously hurt as violence marred the countdown to the first African World Cup, which begins Friday. " He was crushed by the gates... More »

5 Killed in Mexican Concert Stampede

Gunshots trigger deadly rush for cover

(Newser) - A concert in the Mexican city of Guadalupe turned deadly after gunshots triggered a stampede that crushed 5 people, the BBC reports. At east 12 people were injured as the panicked crowd of 500 people rushed for cover after shots rang out. No one was shot, but police found spent... More »

Indian Temple Stampede Kills 63

Most of the victims were women and children

(Newser) - A stampede broke out at a Hindu temple in northern India today as thousands of people jostled one another to get free clothes and food, leaving at least 63 people dead and dozens more injured, officials said. Most of the victims of the stampede, whose force was so great that... More »

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