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Monday
Nov222010

Hundreds Killed in Cambodia Stampede

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHNOM PENH, Cambodia) -- At least 339 people are reported dead following a stampede at a festival in Cambodia.

The deadly stampede happened during the final day of a water festival celebration in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital.

Reports say huge crowds had gathered on a small island for the festival when a bridge became overcrowded and panic ensued, causing the stampede. Witnesses say too many people were crammed onto the bridge and that people at both ends were pushing, causing those in the middle of the crowd to fall and be crushed.

Hundreds of others were injured in what has been described as the “biggest tragedy” in Cambodia since the mass killings by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s.

Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered that flags on all government ministries be flown at half-mast, and has called for an investigation into the incident. He also declared a national day of mourning for later this week.

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