116 People, Mostly Women and Children, Die In India’s Deadly Religious Stampede

Some families mourning victims of the stampede

Source: Africa Publicity

At least 116 individuals, mostly women and children, have reportedly died in a religious stampede in India.

According to local media reports, the deaths occurred as thousands of people at a religious gathering in India rushed to leave a makeshift tent, causing the stampede on Tuesday, July 2, 2024.

Over 80 worshippers were injured in the stampede, reports say.

Reports say the worshippers were attending an event with Hindu figure Bhole Baba in a village in Hathras District which is about 350 kilometers (220 miles) southwest of the state capital, Lucknow.

Reports claimed around 15,000 people attended the event, which had permission to host just 5,000.

Local news reports cited authorities who claimed heat and suffocation in the tent could have been a factor.

Video of the aftermath showed the structure appeared to have collapsed.

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