Deadly school stampede in New Delhi

At least five girls dies, and many more students were injured, during a stampede in a New Delhi state-run school on Thursday, local police reported. The stampede may have occurred after students were told to leave a classroom over floodwater fears.


AFP - At least five girls were killed and 30 other students injured on Thursday in a stampede at a state-run school in the Indian capital New Delhi, police said.

"About 40 children were being moved from one section of the school to another," a police officer at the Khajuri Khas station near the school told AFP. "Five were killed and 30 injured."

Television news channels reported that the stampede occurred in a narrow staircase when some students were ordered to leave a classroom over fears that floodwater caused by torrential rain was carrying an electric charge.

However, police were unable to immediately confirm the cause of the accident, which followed a night of heavy downpours in the city.

Anxious parents gathered at the school and the local mortuary, desperate for news of their children.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was reported to have visited the hospital where the injured children were being treated.

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