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35 killed in Shanghai stampede; 3 Taiwanese among 48 injured

35 killed in Shanghai stampede; 3 Taiwanese among 48 injured

Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) A stampede during New Year's Eve celebrations in Shanghai left at least 35 people dead and another 48, including three Taiwanese citizens, injured, Chinese media reported Thursday. Renmin Ribao said on its Weibo microblog that of the injured, 39 have been identified so far, including three from Taiwan and one from Malaysia. According to Xinhua news agency, most of the injured were young people in their 20s. The stampede, which erupted in Chen Yi Square on the waterfront Bund district just before midnight, was reportedly caused by people rushing to pick up what looked like money being thrown from a nearby building. Taipei, which maintains sisterhood ties with Shanghai, on Thursday expressed grief and concern over the casualties. Taipei City Government spokeswoman Chien Yu-yen said that the Taiwanese city hopes to strengthen exchanges with Shanghai in terms of crowd safety. She said that Taipei has held large-scale New Year's Eve celebrations in front of City Hall since 2003 and has always maintained an emergency pathway to prevent dangerous situations such as clashes and stampedes. (By Ku Chuan and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-18 12:58 GMT+08:00