Pilgrim Stampede Kills 140
Posted on Aug 3, 2008
A stampede of worshipers at an Indian temple killed at least 140 on Sunday, many of them women and children. Rumors of a landslide had caused thousands of pilgrims to flee the site, trampling others.
A rain shelter on the mountain path to the temple collapsed, triggering rumours of a landslide.
Many of the victims were children, trampled to death during the panic. Fifty more people were hurt and are being treated in hospital.
Tens of thousands of devotees had been gathering to celebrate the annual nine-day festival of Shravan Navratras.
AP photo / Rahul Sharma
The bodies of devotees who were attending a nine-day religious festival at the Naina Devi Temple in northern India.