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Default Stampede kills 145 at remote Hindu temple in India

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NEW DELHI - Thousands of panicked pilgrims stampeded Sunday at a remote mountaintop temple in northern India during celebrations to honor a Hindu goddess, sending dozens of people plummeting to their deaths and trampling scores more. Police said 145 people were killed.


Rumors of a landslide apparently started the panic at the shrine in the foothills of the Himalayas, said C.P. Verma, a senior government official in the Bilaspur district.

With a concrete wall on one side and a precipice on the other, there was nowhere to escape and they were crushed. At one point a guard rail broke and dozens of people fell to their deaths.

Deadly stampedes are a relatively common occurrence at temples in India, where large crowds sometimes hundreds of thousands of people congregate in small areas lacking facilities to control such big gatherings.

Sunday was the second day of the festival and authorities sought to reassure other pilgrims. "There is no need to panic, everything is normalized now," Verma said Stampede kills 145 at remote Hindu temple in India - Yahoo! News
I saw the headlines and thought it was a cattle stampede. This is a tragedy, and my prayers and thoughts are with the families and the authorities who try to comfort them.
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