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Death toll mounts after bridge stampede in Cambodia

351 dead and 395 injured in Water Festival tragedy


 

The body count continues to climb in Phnom Penh in the aftermath of a deadly stampede on a bridge Monday night that coincided with the end of Cambodia’s annual Water Festival. “This is the biggest tragedy we have experienced in the past 31 years, since the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday. The official cause of the stampede is unknown, but reports say that a rumour developed among revelers that the bridge was unstable, causing crowds to panic. “People started running and were falling over each other,” 23-year-old Kruon Hay told Agence France-Presse. “I fell too. I only survived because other people pulled me up. Many people jumped in the water,” he said. The bridge, which leads to an island in the Tonle Bassac River, was also decorated with brightly lit cables that began snapping under the weight of the overcrowded bridge, electrocuting people in the crowd. Mr. Hun Sen announced that Thursday would be a national day of mourning for Cambodia.

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Death toll mounts after bridge stampede in Cambodia

  1. This story makes me sad, and even sadder that, It wasn't mentioned on World News????

  2. This story makes me sad, and even sadder that, It wasn't mentioned on World News????

    • Wouldn't the authorities have know the capacity of the bridge to control the crowd getting on? My heart goes out to the people of Cambodia.

  3. Wouldn't the authorities have know the capacity of the bridge to control the crowd getting on? My heart goes out to the people of Cambodia.

  4. Patii, it was in World News. At least in this section of the world (the Caribbean).

    My heart and prayers go out for the survivors and the families od those lost.

  5. Patii, it was in World News. At least in this section of the world (the Caribbean).

    My heart and prayers go out for the survivors and the families od those lost.

  6. i really shock after knew that sad news and feel sorry for the family od those lost.

  7. i really shock after knew that sad news and feel sorry for the family od those lost.

  8. what were they doing , having fun!!1

  9. what were they doing , having fun!!1

  10. No one know exactly about this event, i would to request to foreigner that can go to search about this problem.