Shanghai Stampede Leaves 35 Deaths, Local Government Says
By Belinda Cao and Huang Zhe December 31, 2014
A stampede during New Year’s eve celebrations in Shanghai has left 35 people dead, the city government said in a posting on the microblogging site Weibo.
The incident, which happened at about 11:35 p.m. local time at Chen Yi Square on the city’s Bund riverside pedestrian area when people gathered to celebrate the New Year, also caused 43 injuries, according to a post on Weibo. The Shanghai government has established a work group to address the situation.
Shanghai officials had canceled a large-scale public event in the Bund area this year, according to a Dec. 31 Shanghai Morning Post report posted on the city’s website. Subway stations remained open during New Year’s eve and the city had also extended public transportation hours to meet passenger demand.
Injured people were sent to No. 1 People’s Hospital of Shanghai, Changzheng hospital, Ruijin Hospital and Huangpu Central Hospital. Shanghai Communist Party Secretary Han Zheng and Mayor Yang Xiong went to hospitals to visit injured people, the city said on its Weibo account.
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