AT LEAST 18 people were feared dead and dozens more were injured yesterday after a stampede broke out at a train station in the northern Indian town where millions of devout Hindus gathered for a religious festival.
It was reported that the stampede broke out after a footbridge at the Allahabad train station collapsed and that at least 10 people were feared dead. CNN-IBN news channel said at least 20 were feared dead. There was no immediate confirmation from any local officials.
Some 30 million devotees were expected to take a dip at the Sangam, the confluence of three rivers – the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, yesterday, one of the holiest bathing days of the Kumbh Mela.