November 22, 2010 / 7:35 PM / 7 years ago

Stampede in Cambodia kills at least 278 people

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A stampede on a bridge in Cambodia’s capital killed at least 278 people late on Monday, most of whom were women, state television reported.

Most of the victims were crushed or drowned, after thousands panicked when several people were electrocuted while celebrating the end of an annual water festival. State television said two hospitals reported 278 were killed, among them 240 women.

Many people died after leaping from the bridge across a tributary of Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh, authorities said. (Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Jason Szep)

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