Cambodia mourns the loss of stampede victims today


The nation of Cambodia is mourning today, November 25, 2010, after hundreds of people lost their lives in a stampede at the Water Festival in Cambodia, a few days ago. The Cambodian government decided to devote a day for those who passed away in this untimely tragedy.

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Reports state that the number of casualties have increased, and the authorities say that more than 350 people have died in this mishap. The cause of the stampede is reported to be the swaying of a bridge near Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.

The Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, other officials and the relatives of deceased had gathered at the footbridge (the place where the incident took place) to perform a religious ceremony.

Investigations revealed that the people who were there on the bridge were allegedly ignorant people from countryside who were unaware that this bridge swayed. The swaying of the bridge frightened them that resulted in stampede.