Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Over 300 killed in Cambodia stampede

Thousands of people stampeded during a festival in the Cambodian capital Monday, leaving at least 349 dead and hundreds of other people injured. A panic-stricken crowd of revellers marking the end of the rainy season on an island in a river tried to flee over a narrow bridge and many people were crushed underfoot or fell over its sides into the water.

Disoriented victims struggled to find an escape hatch through the human mass, pushing their way in every direction.

The capital's main medical facility is filled to capacity with patients, some of whom are being treated in hallways.

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