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Hundreds feared dead in Cambodian Water Festival

Hundreds feared dead in Cambodian Water Festival
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Hundreds of people are thought to have died during a celebration in Cambodia.

The capital of Phnom Penh was playing host to the three-day Water Festival, which attracted a crowd of thousands.

But a bottleneck occured on the bridge, leading to a panic and reports of some people falling unconscious.

Hundreds were reportedly crushed in the ensuing stampede.

The mostly female crowd had watched a boat race on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers before congregating for a concert on Diamond Island.

But after dispersing, a congested bridge on the island led to the crush, with some people being forced into the water.

According to eyewitnesses, bodies are still being dragged from the water.

The mortuary continues to struggle with the number of dead and injured.