Entries in Stampede (3)


New Year’s Stampede Kills 61, Mostly Children, in Ivory Coast 

HERVE SEVI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A crush of people has killed at least 61 party-goers — most of them children — following New Year’s eve celebrations in the city of Abidjan in Ivory Coast. Officials say over 200 were injured in a stampede of people who had been watching fireworks at the African country’s sports stadium.

State broadcaster RTF 1 reported that the crush occurred when party goers were leaving Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in the country’s biggest city. Firefighter Colonel Sakho Issa told the station that many of the victims were suffocated after becoming trapped in a crush of people trying to return home.

Many of the injured taken to a nearby hospital were also children, according to news agencies. One of the injured told Reuters that security forces had tried to disperse the crowds, causing panic during which people fell and were trampled.

President Alassane Ouattara has visited the scene, declaring New Year’s Day to be a day of mourning in the West African state. A government investigation into what caused the accident is underway.

Hours after the stampede, soldiers patrolled the site, where victims’ clothes, shoes and other debris littered the street.

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Stampede at South African College Kills One; Others Injured

STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- A stampede at a South African university campus killed one person Tuesday. A crowd of prospective students in Johannesburg became unruly while trying to register for one of the limited slots at the University of Johannesburg. Dozens more were injured in the chaos.

In the 24 hours prior to the incident, the university claims 7,000 applications had been submitted, but only 800 could be accepted, according to The Guardian.

More than half of South Africa's young people are unemployed. Higher education is viewed as the most legitimate way to escape poverty.

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Investigators Looking Into India Temple Stampede, 104 Dead

Image Courtesy - ABC News(NEW DELHI) -- Investigators are looking in to what caused a stampede that left at least 104 people dead and 60 injured at a shrine in India.  Authorities deny claims of inadequate security at the Hindu shrine of Sabarimala, in the southern province of Kerala.

The stampede happened Friday at the end of a two-month-long ritual, where officials estimate 200,000 people were gathered.  Initial reports show a vehicle ran out of control and into the crowd, starting the panic.

In 1999, 50 people died in a similar panic at the same festival.  Inadequate security was found to be the cause then, but state and local authorities deny that is the case now.

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