Stampede at indian temple kills 89
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 23:10
Chaos ensued Sunday when a stampede erupted, killing 89 people on a bridge near the Ratangarh Temple in Madhya Pradesh state, India. As the pilgrims made the trek to the temple, officials speculate that rumors that the bridge was collapsing into the river may have caused the panic that resulted in people being trampled and jumping from the bridge.
Madhya Pradesh health minister Narottam Mishra said investigations into the cause of the stampede are still ongoing. He said officials suspect rumors of a potential collapse to be the cause of the collapse. However, some local media are attributing the stampede to police using batons to quell the crowds.
Some reports estimated that the number of people on the bridge was close to 500,000. The pilgrims had gathered to celebrate the last day of the Navaratra festival, which lasts for ten days and celebrates the Hindu goddess Durga.
Emergency crews are still searching the Sindh River for bodies. More than 100 people are being treated at a local hospital for their injuries.
Similar trampling tragedies at Hindu festivals have taken place before, and in 2007, the same bridge had to be rebuilt after a stampede had destroyed the structure.