339 killed in Cambodia water festival stampede

08:07, November 23, 2010      

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People stand near the bodies of the stampede victims in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 23, 2010. At least 339 people were killed in a stampede on Monday night as millions of Cambodians celebrated the annual water festival in the capital Phnom Penh, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on state TV early Tuesday. The accident took place on a bridge that connects the city with the Diamond Island which has become the center of celebrations. (Xinhua/Phearum)


At least 339 people were killed in a stampede on Monday night as millions of Cambodians celebrated the annual water festival in the capital Phnom Penh, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on state TV early Tuesday.

The stampede left 339 people dead and hundreds injured, Hun Sen said, adding that the primary investigation showed that the accident has nothing to do with terrorism.

"Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my condolence to all victims and their relatives," Hun Sen said.

Meanwhile, he urged the doctors to do their best to save the injured people and ordered investigation into the cause.

A special committee has been set up to investigate this horrific accident.

The accident took place on a bridge that connects the city with the Diamond Island which has became the center of celebrations.

Sar Kheng, deputy prime minister and minister of interior, has rushed to the scene.

Cambodia's Water Festival from Nov. 20 to 22 is the largest annual festival in the Southeast Asian nation, around two million Cambodians, especially those from rural areas converged to the city to enjoy the regatta.


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