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Dozens die in Shanghai stampede

Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 00:42

Dozens of people are killed in a stampede in the Chinese city of Shanghai during a New Year celebration event. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A stampede killed at least 35 people during New Year's Eve celebrations in Shanghai, authorities said, possibly caused by people rushing to pick up fake money thrown from a building overlooking the city's Bund waterfront district. The Shanghai government said that large crowds started to stampede in Chen Yi Square on the Bund just before midnight, with authorities working to rescue and aid the wounded. The trigger for the stampede has still to be confirmed, but state media and a witness said the incident was caused when people raced to pick up fake money thrown from a building. A man who brought one of the 43 injured to a local hospital for treatment said fake money had been thrown down from a bar above the street as part of the New Year's Eve celebrations. People rushed to pick up the money, triggering the stampede, said the man, who gave his family name as Wu. Dozens of distraught relatives gathered in the hospital lobby waiting for news, with some expressing frustration over a lack of information as police held them back. The official Xinhua news agency said many of the injured were students. President Xi Jinping has told the Shanghai government to get to the bottom of the incident as soon as possible and learn the lessons, and ordered governments across the country to ensure a similar disaster cannot happen again, state television said. The Shanghai government said on its official microblog that an inquiry had begun. Authorities had shown some concern about crowd control in the days leading up to New Year's Eve. They recently cancelled an annual 3D laser show on the Bund that last year attracted as many as 300,000 people.

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Dozens die in Shanghai stampede

Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 00:42