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Stampede death toll rises in India, 115 killed

Published:Monday | October 14, 2013 | 11:51 AM

Some 115 pilgrims, mostly women and children, have been killed in a stampede at a Hindu festival in central India.

Officials say they were crushed after panic broke out on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Madhya Pradesh state.

Uma Devi was halfway across the bridge when people started shouting that it was collapsing.

"I grabbed my son and ran," the distraught woman told Indian TV a day after Sunday's tragedy in central India.

"People were pushing and screaming and trying to run away from the bridge.

I don't know how I escaped."

The stampede killed 115 people, mostly women and children. Some were crushed to death, while others jumped off the bridge to escape and drowned.

Scores more were injured.

They were among the hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims who had come to the Hindu temple in the remote town of Ratangarh in Madhya Pradesh state on the last day of a popular festival.

Many bodies were pulled from the river, but officials said others may have been washed away.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on the bridge when the stampede occurred, but local media said some 500,000 people visited the temple honoring the Hindu mother goddess Durga.


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