At least 35 people are dead, and 47 injured during a New Year’s stampede at the Bund, a waterfront area in Chen Yi Square, central Shanghai.
Sina News has reported that massive crowd of people who came out to witness the new year entry led to the stampede at 11:35 pm local time when people try to force their ways through opposite directions. Authorities are working now to rescue and aid wounded.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but according to the people interviewed by the Eastday news portal, a Shanghai based news media, the stampede began when some people threw fake promotional money from the windows of luxury night club called Bund located somewhere near the square in Shanghai.
CCTV News reported that local hospitals sent ambulances to the scene and transported the injured people to emergency rooms after the incident.
“After we got the call, doctors and nurses here all immediately started preparation for the treatment and the hospital instantly launched a contingency plan for the accident. A large number of patients were sent to the hospital at 00:05,” said Xia Shujie, deputy director of the Shanghai No.1 People’s Hospital.
“Some of them had suffocation due to lack of oxygen, some were dying and others had no vital signs when they arrived.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered a full scale investigation into the matter to determine what led to the stampede and possible ways to prevent such unfortunate incident from occurring in future.
Meanwhile, no report of such incident or any serious issue throughout the new year in most cities in Nigeria as everything seems to have been properly taken care off, including the possible attacks by the Boko Haram in most locations.