22 reported dead as stampede mars India's Ganges festival
ALLAHABAD, India (AFP) - At least 22 people died in a stampede as pilgrims headed home from India's giant Kumbh Mela festival, which drew a record 30 million people to the banks of the river Ganges, reports said on Monday.
Senior railway official Harindra Rao said 10 people had died at Allahabad station during the stampede on Sunday, with 12 more succumbing to their injuries on the way to hospital, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported early Monday.
Rao, who is divisional railway manager of Allahabad, said that more than 20 others who were injured were undergoing treatment at two hospitals in the city, with 15 of them in critical condition, according to PTI.
Local television channel NDTV also reported that 22 people had died. The incident occurred in the early evening at the festival's main railway station, where 10 corpses wrapped in white sheets could be seen on a train platform several hours later, an AFP photographer said.