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Deadly stampede as millions flock to Ganges festival


At least 36 people have been killed in a railway station stampede during the world’s largest religious festival, India’s Kumbh Mela.

An estimated 30 million Hindu pilgrims are bathing at the Sangam, the place near Allahabad where three rivers – the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati – come together.

The stampede was triggered after an overcrowded railway station footbridge buckled and a railing collapsed, sending some people slipping down the stairs, a top state government official told Reuters, not wishing to be quoted by name.

The chief medical officer of Allahabad district said the toll rose to 36 after 14 more people died during treatment, Press Trust of India and NDTV news channel said.


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