Cambodia festival tragedy

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In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 22, the last day of an annual three-day water festival marking the end of the rainy season, 5,000 to 7,000 people packed onto a narrow suspension bridge connecting the city to a park on an island. The bridge’s swaying caused people to wrongly think it might collapse, the panicked crowd then stampeded and the crush left 351 dead and 395 injured.

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In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 22, the last day of an annual three-day water festival marking the end of the rainy season, 5,000 to 7,000 people packed onto a narrow suspension bridge connecting the city to a park on an island. The bridge’s swaying caused people to wrongly think it might collapse, the panicked crowd then stampeded and the crush left 351 dead and 395 injured.