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Cambodian Festival Stampede Kills Hundreds

Published 22.11.2010

More than 300 people died Monday night in a stampede at the conclusion of Cambodia's annual water festival in the capital, Phnom Penh. Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said the incident took place after thousands of festival goers were caught in a pedestrian jam on a newly-built bridge at the Phnom Penh Koh Pich development area. Crowds swelled and panic ensued, leading to mass trampling and suffocation, authorities said. More than 350 were injured, they said. Ambulances and police cars raced between the river where the stampede took place and hospitals. (Photos by Heng Reaksmey, VOA Khmer)