Timeline: Some of the world’s worst stampedes

(BestGrowthStock) – A stampede in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh on Monday killed at least 339 people on Monday, the last day of a water festival.

Following is a timeline of some of the worst stampedes in the last 20 years.

July 1990 – Inside al-Muaissem tunnel near Mecca in Saudi Arabia, 1,426 pilgrims are crushed to death. The accident occurs on Eid al-Adha (The Feast of Sacrifice), Islam’s most important feast at the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage.

May 1994 – Also in Saudi Arabia, a stampede near Jamarat Bridge kills 270 in the area where pilgrims hurl stones at piles of rocks symbolizing the devil.

April 1998 – One hundred and nineteen Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death at the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

May 2001 – In Ghana, 126 people are killed in a stampede at Accra’s main soccer stadium when police fired teargas at rioting fans in one of Africa’s worst soccer disasters.

February 2004 – A stampede kills 251 Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia near Jamarat Bridge during the ritual stoning of the devil at the annual Haj pilgrimage.

January 2005 – At least 265 Hindu pilgrims, including several women and children, are killed near a remote temple in India’s Maharashtra state.

August 2005 – At least 1,005 people die in Iraq when Shi’ites stampede off a bridge over the Tigris river in Baghdad, panicked by rumors of a suicide bomber in the crowd.

January 2006 – Three hundred and sixty-two Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death at the eastern entrance of the Jamarat Bridge when pilgrims jostled to perform the stoning ritual between noon and sunset.

February 2006 – Seventy-one people are killed at a stadium in Manila as they scrambled to get into a popular Philippine television game show.

September 2006 – At least 51 people are killed in a Yemeni stadium where President Ali Abdullah Saleh is holding a pre-election rally in the southern province of Ibb.

August 2008 – Rumors of a landslide trigger a stampede by pilgrims in India at the Naina Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh state. At least 145 people die and more than 100 are injured.

September 2008 – In India 147 people are killed and 55 injured in a stampede at the Chamunda temple, near the historic western town of Jodhpur.

March 2009 – In the Ivory Coast, at least 19 people are killed during a stampede at Abidjan’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium before a World Cup qualifier against Malawi.

February 2010 – Twenty-six people are crushed to death and 40 wounded in a stampede near a mosque in Mali’s desert city of Timbuktu during the Muslim festival of Maouloud.

July 2010 – A stampede kills 19 people and injures 342 at the Love Parade techno music festival in Duisburg, Germany.

November 2010 – A stampede on a bridge in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, kills at least 339 people after thousands panic on the last day of a water festival. An additional 329 were hurt.

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)

Timeline: Some of the world’s worst stampedes