Tragedy As 116 Killed at Religious Event, Details, Video Surface

Tragedy As 116 Killed at Religious Event, Details, Video Surface

  • At least 116 people have been killed in a stampede at a religious gathering in northern India
  • The victims of the tragic incident include a large number of women and some children
  • Unverified videos on social media showed bodies on the ground of a local hospital

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Hathras, India - A fatal stampede among thousands of people at a religious gathering in northern India has killed around 116 people and left scores injured.

As reported by the Associated Press on Tuesday, 2 July, many women and children were among the dead.

Trgedy struck at a religious gathering.
Community in grief after a stampede claimed lives.
Source: UGC

Tragedy strikes at religious gathering

According to Al Jazeera, a large crowd had gathered in a village in Uttar Pradesh state's Hathras district for a sermon by a preacher, but a fierce dust storm caused panic as people left.

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Ashish Kumar, administrator of the Hathras district, narrated to reporters:

"The incident happened due to overcrowding at the time when people were trying to leave the venue."

Unverified videos on social media showed bodies piled up on the ground outside a local hospital.

Senior police officer Shalabh Mathur in Uttar Pradesh state confirmed that 105 people had already died while 84 others were injured and admitted to hospitals.

See the video below:

How often does stampede occur in India?

This is not the first time that a large number of people died in stampedes at temples and other religious gatherings over the years in India.

Some of the largest casualties caused by stampedes at religious gatherings include the death of more than 340 devotees at Maharashtra's Mandhardevi temple in 2005 and at least 250 were killed at Rajasthan's Chamunda Devi temple in 2008.

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A stampede at a religious gathering at Naina Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh caused the loss of lives of 162 people in 2008.

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Meanwhile, Briefly News shared that the findings of the Life Esidimeni tragedy's inquest are expected to be released on 10 July. The Life Esidimeni tragedy involved over 100 people who died after they were transferred to Life Esidimeni facilities.

South Africans believed that there would be no justice for those who were victims of the tragic incident.


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