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Stampede kills at least 22 during India religious festival

14 July 2015, 11:52

Hyderabad - A government official says at least 22 people have been killed and 10 others injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival in southern India.

Arun Kumar, a state administrator, says the stampede occurred in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh state on Tuesday as tens of thousands of people pushed forward to bathe in the Godavari River during the Pushkaralu festival.

Police say the stampede was triggered by some pilgrims who were trying to retrieve their shoes, which had fallen off in the rush to the river bank, police said.

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Festival participants believe a bath in the river can rid them of their sins.

Deadly stampedes are fairly common during Indian religious festivals, where large crowds gather in small areas with few safety or crowd control measures

In October 2013, a stampede in Madhya Pradesh state in central India killed more than 110 people, mostly women and children.

- AP

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