Stampede kills 29 in Andhra Pradesh's Maha Pushkaralu festival

The tragedy took place at a bathing ghat at Rajahmundry during Maha Pushkaralu festival

dinesh-akula

Dinesh Akula | July 14, 2015 | Rajahmundry


#pushkaralu stampede   #andhra pradesh stampede   #rajahmundry   #maha pushkaralu festival  


Twenty nine people were dead and several injured after a stampede on the inaugural day of the Godavari Pushkaralu festival in Andhra Pradesh's Rajahmundry district on Tuesday. Devotees blamed administration failure for the stampede while police sources said that people rushed into the ghats minutes after the small gate was opened. 

Officials have put the death toll at 29 while several others were injured.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandra Babu Naidu was present in the inauguration of the event on Tuesday early morning and is monitoring the situation. After the news about the tragedy broke out he rushed to the control room  and instructed the officials to take control of the situation and provide immediate help to the people. He later visited the hospital and spoke to the injured and family members of the deceased.

Panic gripped after people started falling over each other minutes after a small gate was opened at the ghat. “Everyone wanted to rush through that gate into the ghats. No one wanted to wait for the main gates to open,” a police official informed adding that one  senior police officer also sustained injuries in the stampede.

“Though the state government made elaborate arrangements, it failed to provide basic amenities,” said Raghavulu a trader who was present at the stampede site. “People had to go 2-3 km to drink water because of lack of drinking water facility,” says Pavan Rao who came from Visakhapatnam to participate in the event.

“Surprisingly, first aid facilities were also not available at the ghats, G.Murali,” a physician from Eluru said.

Godavari 'Pushkaram', the once in 144-year event dedicated to worshipping rivers in the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana began on Tuesday.

Pushkaralu festival is similar to the ‘Kumbh Mela and is observed once in 12 years. It was considered auspicious this year from astronomical point of view as it is Maha Pushkaralu which comes once in 144 years.

About 3.5 to 4 crore people are expected to take part in the 12-day festival. There are 263 bathing ghats in the East and West Godavari districts in coastal Andhra where the pilgrims take the holy dip while Telangana has 106 ghats.

 

Comments

 

Other News

Fewer and fewer parliament sittings

The winter session of parliament this year is going to be from December 15 to January 5, which will result in fewer sittings and impact legislative productivity. When parliament meets for a fewer days, it is bound to have an adverse impact on the work. The parliamentarians do get to spend mo

Indians most affected by global internet policies: Aruna Sundararajan

 People in India are most affected by global internet policies, said secretary, department of telecommunications, Aruna Sundararajan. Flagging the challenges of national governance, Sundararajan said on social media India has the largest number of users.   

Three killed as train derails in UP

Three passengers were killed and around a dozen sustained grievous injuries after nine coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed near Manikpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday morning. Similarly, 14 wagons of a goods train also jumped off the track near Cuttack in Odisha. 

Should Patidars of Gujarat be given reservation?

Should Patidars of Gujarat be given reservation?

Job market is currently experiencing structural change: Nathan

SV Nathan, partner and chief talent officer, Deloitte India spoke to Praggya Guptaa about the current job market situation and the upcoming opportunities in India. How would you assess the job market situation in India? If you look at the economy today

Are we seriously fighting malnutrition?

It did not surprise me when the India: health of the nation’s states, the India state-level disease burden initiative report released recently reported malnutrition the prime risk factor driving the most deaths and disability in Madhya Pradesh. Even in 1990 malnutrition was the frontrunner and after



Video

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter