Stampede at religious festival in Varanasi, India, kills 24 people

When people attending a religious festival in the city of Varanasi tried to cross a narrow bridge over the Ganges River, the crush of the crowd resulted in the deaths of 24 people with many others injured. Although 3,000 people were expected to attend the festival, a huge crowd of 70,000 people visited the ashram of a local Hindu religious leader.

Advice For Travellers

All travellers who attend religious festivals involving a large numbers of people should be aware that stampedes occur with some frequency and for various reasons. For personal protection, travellers should try to stay at the periphery of large multitudes and always be aware of potential exits if an emergency situation develops.