Cambodia Stampede: Mourning Ceremony Held

By Swatilekha Paul, Gaea News Network
Thursday, November 25, 2010

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA ( In order to pay their homage to the victims of the tragic festival stampede, Cambodia is observing a day of mourning on Thursday with more than a thousand people killed or injured in the incident. Despite the fact that on Wednesday the Cambodian authorities had put the death toll figure at a staggering 456, the very next day, the number of total people killed in the incident was lowered by 100 with officials citing the reason for the error as overlap in statistics. A preliminary probe which was launched immediately after the tragic incident that took place earlier this week, has divulged that the stampede was triggered due to the swaying of the bridge at the site of the festival that sparked panic among the people.

A ceremony was organized at the scene of the stampede on Thursday in which Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen joined the families of the victims of the tragedy as they lit candles at the narrow bridge. The early morning ceremony was also attended by other government officials which included Foreign Minister Hor Namhong as well as large number of school children who paid floral tributes to the people who lost their lives in the horrifying incident. Moreover, to mark the day of mourning, flags were flying at half masts at the government buildings across the capital of Phnom Penh as well as the rest of the country.

While revealing details of the investigation into the stampede incident in Cambodia, Om Yentieng, a member of the probe committee has divulged to reporters that the final report of the investigation would be submitted to the government next week.

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