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Cambodian mourns stampede victims

11-25-2010 09:47 BJT

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At 7 AM local time, a ceremony began in Cambodia to commemorate those who died in a major stampede three days ago. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany Hun Sen attended the event on the Diamond Island bridge in the capital Phnom Penh, where the tragedy occurred.

Local officials also attended, bringing flowers to commemorate the victims. Elsewhere, government departments, institutions and schools lowered the national flag to half mast. A minute of silence was held to mourn the victims. The death toll is now at 456, and hundreds more were injured when thousands of people made a chaotic exodus on Monday night from the narrow Diamond Gate bridge.

Early investigation indicates the stampede was caused by panic sparked by the swaying of the bridge. The preliminary government report, broadcast by media, echoed comments made a day earlier by government spokesman Phay Siphan, who said the bridge was designed to sway, but the movement took pedestrians by surprise and some shouted it was broke. The disaster has raised plenty of questions -- from why so many people were allowed to enter such a confined space on a small, man-made island to how authorities handled the crowds.

Swinging bridge main cause of stampede tragedy

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Primary investigation found swinging bridge is the cause of the death of 375 people and the injured of 755 on Monday night at Diamond Island's north bridges during the last day of the celebration of the water festival, said a Cambodia's senior national police on Wednesday. Full Story>>

At 7 AM local time, a ceremony began in Cambodia to commemorate those who died in a
major stampede three days ago. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun
Rany Hun Sen attended the event on the Diamond Island bridge in the capital Phnom
Penh, where the tragedy occurred.

 


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