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India stampede kills more than 100 pilgrims

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India stampede kills more than 100 pilgrims


More than 100 Hindu pilgrims have been killed in a stampede in southern India. Dozens more have been injured.

It happened as people headed home from a remote mountainous temple at the end of an annual religious festival.

Police say the driver of a packed jeep lost control of the vehicle, sending it hurtling into the crowd and provoking mass panic.

The shrine of Sabarimala is surrounded by mountains and dense forest. It is one of the most remote temples in southern India yet it still draws three to four million pilgrims each year.

The rescue operation continued well into the night but was hampered by the terrain as well as thick fog.

The pilgrimage was struck by another disaster 12 years ago when a landslide killed more than 50 people.

Crushes at Indian temples are not uncommon. Religious events attract huge crowds often in confined areas, with few safety controls.

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