Temple stampede leaves 89 dead in India
From Neha Sharma, CNN
October 13, 2013 — Updated 1817 GMT (0217 HKT)
- NEW: At least 89 people were killed, authorities say
- Police say a rumor that a bridge was collapsing sparked the stampede
- Many people jumped into the river, a police inspector says
(CNN) — A stampede outside a temple in central India killed at least 89 people Sunday, authorities said.
The incident occurred on a bridge over the Sindh River while pilgrims were headed to the temple for a Hindu festival.
“The death toll could go much higher as about 25,000 people were present on the bridge at that time,” said D.K. Arya, a local deputy police inspector.
A rumor that the bridge was about to collapse caused panicked people to stampede, police told CNN sister network CNN-IBN.
Many people jumped off the bridge into the river, Arya said.
The stampede occurred at a temple in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
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