Severe Overcrowding, Lack Of Exits and Mud Contributed To Deadly Stampede In India

HATHRAS, India (AP) — Authorities say severe overcrowding and a lack of exits contributed to a stampede at a religious festival in northern India that left at least 121 people dead as the faithful surged toward the preacher to touch him and chaos ensued.

A local official said five of those died on Wednesday morning.

Another 28 people were still being treated in a hospital.

Deadly stampedes are relatively common at Indian religious festivals.

Large crowds gather at them, often in small areas with shoddy infrastructure and few safety measures.

Some quarter of a million people turned up for the event Tuesday that was permitted to accommodate 80,000.

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