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August 3, 2008

‘Scores killed’ in India stampede

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A stampede at a hilltop temple in northern India has killed at least 68 people, police say.

The stampede happened at the Nainadevi temple in the Bilsapur district of Himachal Pradesh state, during a nine-day Hindu religious festival.

Reports said the victims were 30 children and 38 women, with more than 40 others also injured.

The Nainadevi temple is north of the capital, Delhi, some 100km (60 miles) from the city of Chandigarh.

One local lawmaker told Indian media that the stampede happened when a system of fences on the outside of the building broke.

The death told could rise throughout the day, one official said.

Crowds heading to make offerings to Hindu gods reportedly rushed in panic after the railings broke.

Crowds had gathered at the temple to celebrate the festival of Shravan Navratras, which began on Saturday and runs until 11 August, according to the temple’s own website.

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