Khamis, 25 November 2010

Cambodia Water Festival Stampede

Cambodia Water Festival StampedeAbout 345 people died at the Cambodia water festival stampede episode during water festival celebrations in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh this year. Water festival is celebrated every year in Cambodia.

Yesterday it was reported that the dead toll was 339 but the number of people died now went up to 345 and it is expected that the number is still going up in the next a few days.

The stampede took place on a bridge. The panic broke out after a concert on Diamond Island, which followed a boat race on the Tonle Sap river regarded as a highlight of the festivities.

According to eyes witness some of the victim was electrocuted caused panic and there were too many people on the bridge and then both ends were pushing.

This caused sudden panic. The pushing caused those in the middle to fall to the ground and get crushed.

Some were jump or pushed into the water and drowned.

During the pushing, many people tried to climb on to the bridge, grabbing and pulling electric cables which came loose and electrical shock caused more death.

Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh's main medical facility was filled with dead bodies and injured people.

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