Factbox: Some of the world’s worst stampedes

Oct 30 (Reuters) – At least 151 people were killed in a stampede during Halloween celebrations in South Korea’s capital Seoul late on Saturday.

Here are the details of some of the worst stampedes of the past three decades:

April 1989: Ninety-six people were killed and at least 200 injured in Britain’s worst sporting disaster after a surge of crowds crushed fans against barriers at an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.

July 1990: Inside Saudi Arabia’s Al-Mu’aisem Tunnel near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, 1,426 pilgrims were crushed to death during Eid al-Adha, the most important Islamic holiday at the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

May 1994: A stampede near Jamarat Bridge in Saudi Arabia during the hajj kills 270 people in an area where pilgrims throw stones at piles of stones symbolizing the devil.

April 1998: One hundred and nineteen Muslim pilgrims were crushed to death during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

May 2001: In Ghana, at least 126 people died in a stampede at Accra’s main soccer stadium when police fired tear gas at rioting fans in one of Africa’s worst soccer disasters.

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February 2004: A stampede killed 251 Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia near Jamarat Bridge during the Hajj ritual of stoning the devil.

January 2005: At least 265 Hindu pilgrims were killed in a stampede near a remote temple in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

August 2005: At least 1,005 people are killed in Iraq when Shiites stampede from a bridge over the Tigris River in Baghdad, panicked by rumors of a suicide bomber in the crowd.

January 2006: Three hundred and sixty-two Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death at the eastern entrance to Jamarat Bridge when pilgrims jostle to perform the Hajj stoning ritual.

August 2008: Rumors of a landslide caused a stampede of pilgrims in India at the Naina Devi temple in the state of Himachal Pradesh. At least 145 people died and more than 100 were injured.

September 2008: In India, 147 people died in a stampede at the Chamunda temple, near the historic western city of Jodhpur.

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July 2010: A stampede killed 19 people and injured 342 when people pushed through a tunnel at the Love Parade techno music festival in Duisburg, Germany.

November 2010: A stampede on a bridge in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, kills at least 350 after thousands panic on the final day of the water festival.

January 2013: More than 230 people died after a fire broke out at a nightclub in the southern Brazilian college town of Santa Maria, with a stampede crushing some of the victims and preventing others from escaping the fumes and flames.

October 2013: Devotees crossing a long concrete bridge to a temple in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh panic when some fences break, sparking a stampede that kills 115 people.

September 2015: At least 717 Muslim pilgrims are killed and 863 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

April 2021: At least 44 people were crushed to death at an overcrowded religious fire festival in Israel in what medics said was a stampede.

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November 2021: At least nine people are killed and scores injured in a stampede at the opening night of rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas, caused by a rush of fans pushing the stage.

January 2022: At least 12 Hindu pilgrims are killed and more than a dozen injured in a stampede at the Mata Vaishno Devi temple in Kashmir during New Year celebrations.

January 2022: A stampede at a church on the outskirts of the Liberian capital Monrovia kills 29 people during an all-night Christian worship event.

May 2022: At least 31 people died during a stampede at a church in Nigeria’s southern Rivers state after people who showed up to get food at the church broke through a gate.

October 2022: A stampede at a soccer stadium in Indonesia kills at least 125 people and injures more than 320 after police tried to quell the violence on the field, authorities said.

Compiled by Global News Desk

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