Deathtoll at Belgian pop festival cut to four

BRUSSELS Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:28am EDT

An empty camping site is seen after people left the outdoor Belgian pop festival Pukkelpop near Hasselt August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

An empty camping site is seen after people left the outdoor Belgian pop festival Pukkelpop near Hasselt August 19, 2011.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The deathtoll at a Belgian pop festival struck by a fierce storm that knocked down screens and tents has been cut to four from five, officials said on Monday.

A further eight festival-goers were seriously injured after the storm ripped through the event attended by 60,000 to 65,000 mainly young people.

Officials could not say why five deaths had initially been reported. Belgian media said that in the chaos of Thursday night, a man who died in a local hospital was included in the figure even though he had not attended the festival.

The three-day Pukkelpop festival was set to have featured rapper Eminem and U.S. bands Foo Fighters and The Offspring.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; editing by David Stamp)

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