|Cote d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara (2nd L) visits a child injured in a stampede at a hospital in Abidjan on Jan. 1, 2013. More than 200 casualties including at least 60 deaths were caused in a stampede on New Year's Eve in Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire, public television RTI reported on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Wu Changrong)
ABIDJAN, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Cote d'Ivoire authorities have declared a three-day national mourning period following a stampede that left at least 61 people dead, an official statement that was read on national television on Tuesday indicated.
During the national mourning period that begins on Wednesday, all flags will fly at half mast and the citizens have been urged to remember the victims of the tragedy.
At the same time, the ceremony to present New Year messages to the president of the Republic which had been scheduled to take place on Wednesday has been postponed.
The ceremony which is always organized in the beginning of each year, usually brings together various socio-professional groups, members of government, diplomats and senior military officials.
Cote d'Ivoire witnessed a tragic end of the year with a deadly stampede that occurred in central Abidjan.
President Alassane Ouattara who visited the victims at the Cocody hospital in eastern Abidjan, termed the incident as a "national tragedy" and ordered investigations to determine the causes of the accident.
Cote d'Ivoire president wants "speedy" inquiry into New Year's Eve tragedy
ABIDJAN, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Cote d'Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday called for a "speedy" inquiry into the stampede that left at least 61 people dead and over 200 others injured after a New Year's Eve fireworks display in Abidjan.
In a statement from the presidency that was released after his visit to the victims at the Cocody University Hospital Center (CHU) in Abidjan, Ouattara affirmed that an investigation should be launched immediately to determine the circumstances under which the tragedy occurred. Full story
60 die in New Year's Eve stampede in Cote d'Ivoire capical Abidjan
ABIDJAN Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- More than 200 casualties including at least 60 deaths were caused in a stampede on New Year's Eve in Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire, public television RTI reported on Tuesday.
The stampede occurred while large crowds of people were gathering in the central administrative district of Plateau to watch a fireworks show. Full story