Nov 23, 2010


Atleast 339 have been killed in Stampede at Cambodian Festival

  • Nov 23, 2010
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  • Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen said at least 339 people have been killed in a stampede at a festival in Diamond Island which know as "Koh Pich" the capital, Phnom Penh. 

    Ambulances raced back and forth between the river and the hospitals for several hours after the stampede. Calmette Hospital, the capital's main medical facility, was filled to capacity with bodies as well as patients, some of whom had to be treated in hallways. Many of the injured appeared to be badly hurt, raising the prospect that the death toll could rise as local hospitals became overwhelmed.

    Hundreds more people have been injured and sent to various hospital in capital, phnom Penh. Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise. 

    The stampede began late Monday on Koh Pich bridge over the Tonle Sap river to a small island where hundreds had gathered to watch a traditional boat race. Panic escalated as crowds rushed to cross the bridge, causing people to fall into the river. 

    Authorities estimate more than 1 million people had flocked to the capital for the annual water festival.

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