27 crushed to death in India holy river stampede

A stampede on the banks of a holy river killed at least 27 pilgrims Tuesday in southern India, signalling a tragic beginning to a religious festival season, officials said.
The stampede broke out at around 8:00 am (0230 GMT) in Rajahmundry, on the border of the twin states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, about two hours after the start of the Maha Pushkaralu festival which sees thousands of people bathe in the waters of the Godavari river.

“Twenty-seven people have now been confirmed dead in the stampede and another 29 are injured,” a spokesman for Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said after police earlier put the number of dead at five.

“At least two of the 29 injured are critical,” the spokesman Parakala Prabhakar told AFP.
While the identities of all the victims had yet to become clear, a senior police officer said the dead included at least four women and a 15-year-old girl.
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