10 feared dead in Allahabad railway station stampede

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 16:52 hrs

Allahabad: At least 10 people were feared dead and 30 more were injured Sunday after a stampede broke out at a train station in Allahabad where millions of devout Hindus gathered for the Maha Kumbh Mela, television news channels reported.

New Delhi Television channel reported that the stampede broke out after a footbridge at the Allahabad train station collapsed late Sunday and said at least 10 people were feared dead. CNN-IBN news channel said at least 20 were feared dead and that 30 were injured.

There was no immediate confirmation from any local officials.

An estimated 30 million devotees were expected to take a dip at the Sangam, the confluence of three rivers — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati — on Sunday, one of the holiest bathing days of the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival. The festival lasts 55 days and is one of the world's largest religious gatherings.

The area is located at the edge of Allahabad.

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