Saturday 24 February 2018

Stampede worst event since 'reign of terror'

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen described Monday's stampede as the biggest tragedy since the communist Khmer Rouge's reign of terror, which killed an estimated 1.7 million people in the late 1970s. He declared a day of national mourning for today.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said yesterday the official death toll was 351 dead with 395 injured.

But casualty figures have been a matter of confusion, with officials saying at least 755 people were hurt.

As many as two million people are believed to have come to the capital for celebrations of a three-day holiday marking the end of the monsoon season. As festivities wrapped up on Monday night, tens of thousands flocked to a free concert on an island in the Bassac river.

Irish Independent

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