Stampede in Rajahmundry, India, leaves at least 27 dead

At least 27 people were killed and many injured today in the town of Rajahmundry, India, in a stampede, when thousands pushed forward to bathe in the Godavari River during the Hindu religious bathing festival, Pushkaralu.

Advice For Travellers

Deadly stampedes are common during religious festivals, concerts, and sports events where there are no or few safety or crowd control measures.

Note all exits around you. If you choose to participate in a crowded festival or concert, choose to stay on the periphery and have an exit plan. If you are caught in a stampede, try to stay calm and focused. Usually there is a lull in the pushing of the crowd. This is the time to move on a diagonal between people. Keep your hands up by your chest and try to remain on your feet.

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