Hundreds dead in stampede at Phnom Penh water festival
A stampede during an annual water festival in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on Monday left at least 330 people dead, according to state TV reports, and the toll is likely to rise. More than two million people are taking part in the festival.
A stampede during an annual water festival in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on Monday left at least 330 people dead, state television reported.
"This is the biggest tragedy since the Pol Pot regime," Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a live television broadcast, referring to the leader of the brutal regime that ruled between 1975 and 1979.
The panic started on Koh Pich -- Diamond Island -- a long spit of land in the river where a concert was being held. Soft drink vendor So Cheata said the trouble began when about 10 people fell unconscious in the press of the crowd. She said that set off a panic, which then turned into a stampede, with many people caught underfoot.
Ambulances raced back and forth the river to the hospital for several hours after the stampede, while onlookers and relatives waited outside. The hospital was closed to outsiders, including the press.