8 Vietnamese killed, 8 injured in Phnom Penh stampede: Embassy

12:42, November 24, 2010      

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An official from the Vietnamese Embassy to Cambodia confirmed on Wednesday that eight Vietnamese died and another eight were injured in the deadly stampede on Monday night, which claimed at least 375 lives and wounded more than 700.

Viet Long, the official of the Vietnamese Embassy, told Xinhua Wednesday morning that all the dead and injured Vietnamese were not tourists but residents living in Cambodia.

This is the first report of foreign victims since the tragedy, which occurred in the final day of the Water Festival when a overcrowded bridge, connecting the mainland of Phnom Penh to Diamond Island, saw a sudden panic of the pedestrians.

When the tightly packed crowd were trying to flee from the narrow bridge on around 09:30 p.m. local time Monday night, many were drowned, suffocated or were trampled to death.

The three-day Water Festival, the largest annual festival of the country, this year attracted over three million Cambodians, many from rural areas, converging to the capital city to enjoy the regatta.

Source: Xinhua


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