What the hell type of festival leaves 345 people dead? Ask the organizers of Water Festival in Phnom Penh! Between 2-4 million people were attending the event when a suspension bridge crossing to an island began to sway. Cue panic and a stampede. It didn’t help that police began spraying a friggin water cannon at the people to get them to move off the bridge, nor that the bridge was covered in electric lights. Zap! Electrocution and suffocation are believed to be the main cause of death. Cambodian Prime Minister said “This is the biggest tragedy since the Pol Pot regime,”
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Germany has been left reeling after 17 people died and 80 were injured at the Love Parade festival in Duisburg. It is believed a stampede inside a tunnel full of techno music fans caused the chaos. Police had blocked off the area where the concert was being held as the venue was full but the thousand strong music fans continued to push their way into the 600m long tunnel despite police telling them to turn around and walk back. At some stage panic broke out and many were trampled or crushed to death. Authorities decided not to cancel the concert in fear of another stampede, leaving fans unaware of the tragedy outside.