35 people were killed in a stampede during New Year’s Eve celebrations in the waterfront area of Shanghai, which is the worst disaster to hit one of China’s showcase cities in years.
According to a statement by the Shanghai government, another 46 people were treated in the hospital following the stampede, including 14 who were seriously injured, Fox News reported.
The People’s Daily microblog run by the ruling Communist Party said 25 women and 10 men were killed, ranging in age between 16 and 36, with one Malaysian and 3 Taiwanese injured.
[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Man injured in stampede”]
We were down the stairs and wanted to move up and those who were upstairs wanted to move down, so we were pushed down by the people coming from upstairs. All those trying to move up fell down the stairs.
The stampede occurred at the popular riverfront Bund area about 30 minutes before midnight. An unnamed witness said people were scrambling for coupons that looked like dollar bills that were thrown from a third-story window, according to NBC News.
Last week, the Shanghai Daily reported that local officials cancelled a popular New Year’s Eve light show along the Huangpu River where the stampede occurred, citing police concerns over crowd control. The event drew almost 300,000 people last year, CNN reported.
Police were standing guard at Shanghai No. 1 People’s Hospital where many injured people were taken. Relatives were attempting to push past guards to seek information about loved ones, although police later allowed family members to enter.
The Shanghai city government released photos of the mayor rushing to the hospital to visit victims.