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Stampede kills hundreds at Cambodian festival

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The annual water festival in Cambodia has ended in tragedy after a stampede left at least 340 people dead.

Television footage showed the panic as people surged across a small bridge to an entertainment and shopping island.

It is thought several were electrocuted by the festival lights – they tripped and were trampled to death. Others fell from the bridge and were drowned.

Hospitals in the capital Phnom Penh were quickly overwhelmed with the dead and injured. More than 300 people were also hurt. Most of the victims were women.

Relatives frantically searched for family members having been separated in the chaos. Police carried bodies from the scene laying them out for identification.

Cambodia’s prime minister has announced a day of mourning. He has launched an investigation into what he described as the country’s worst tragedy since the murderous Khmer Rouge were in power.