36 killed in Shanghai stampede

36 killed in Shanghai stampede

The trigger for the stampede is yet to be confirmed but some witnesses and state media said it was at least partly caused when merrymakers tried picking up coupons that looked like dollar bills thrown

At least 36 people, including 25 women, were trampled to death and 48 others injured at the iconic waterfront area in China’s financial hub when New Year revellers apparently rushed to pick up fake dollar bills causing a massive stampede in one of the worst tragedies to hit the country in recent years.

Minutes before the New Year countdown, the brightest night turned into tragedy yesterday when people rushed to see a live show at a small crowded place in the city’s popular riverfront Bund area, police said.

The latest mishap at about 11:35 PM local time (21:05 IST) came as the cosmopolitan city’s worst disaster since 58 people died in an apartment building fire in 2010.

The trigger for the stampede is yet to be confirmed but some witnesses and state media said it was at least partly caused when merrymakers tried picking up coupons that looked like dollar bills thrown from a bar in a building.