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35 killed , dozens injured in New Year ’ s stampede in Shanghai

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At least 35 people have been killed and dozens injured
after a stampede broke out during New Year ’ s
celebrations in the Chinese city of Shanghai, state – run
media reported early Thursday .
CCTV America , citing Sina News, reported that the cause
of the stampede on the Bund , the financial hub’ s popular
waterfront area, was still unclear . At least 42 people were
injured , the report said .
State news agency Xinhua said in an earlier report that a
stampede had taken place and that people with injuries
had been hospitalised , but offered no further details in
English .
Pictures posted on social media showed huge crowds
surrounding people lying on the ground in the middle of
the street , but they could not be immediately verified .
Authorities had earlier cancelled a New Year ’ s countdown
with a 3D laser display at the Bund due to crowd
concerns , the Shanghai Daily reported last week .
The event had been growing in popularity for three years ,
but last year ’ s turnout of some 300, 000 people far
exceeded authorities ’ expectations , the report said .

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