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At least 347 people killed in Cambodia festival stampede

English.news.cn   2010-11-23 08:47:44 FeedbackPrintRSS

People carry the bodies of the stampede victims in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 23, 2010. At least 339 people were killed in a stampede on Monday night as millions of Cambodians celebrated the annual water festival in the capital Phnom Penh, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on state TV early Tuesday. The accident took place on a bridge that connects the city with the Diamond Island which has become the center of celebrations.    (Xinhua/Phearum) (zw)

People carry the bodies of the stampede victims in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 23, 2010. At least 339 people were killed in a stampede on Monday night as millions of Cambodians celebrated the annual water festival in the capital Phnom Penh, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on state TV early Tuesday. The accident took place on a bridge that connects the city with the Diamond Island which has become the center of celebrations. (Xinhua/Phearum)

The injured were rushed to the nearby hospitals, and many were said to have lost consciousness. Ambulance sirens were heard in many parts of Phnom Penh soon after the accident. Some of the hospitals in the capital were filled to capacity with bodies and patients.

Sar Kheng, deputy prime minister and minister of interior, has rushed to the scene.

Cambodia's Water Festival from Nov. 20 to 22 is the largest annual festival in the Southeast Asian nation, around two million Cambodians, especially those from rural areas converged to the city to enjoy the regatta.

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