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article image19 people dead after stampede at German Festival

By Jane Fazackarley     Jul 24, 2010 in World
19 people are reported dead after a stampede at the Love Parade music festival in Duisburg,Germany. Over 300 others attending the event have been left injured.
It is reported by the BBC that the stampede began after panic spread through the crowd.
The Love Parade festival used to be hosted in Berlin but for the past four years it has been staged in a number of different German cities. The organisers predicted that this years festival would attract one million visitors.
The Love Parade was being hosted in Duisburg and formed part of the North Rhine Westphalia European Capital of Culture festivities.
Figures for casualties are sketchy with numbers differing from various news outlets. Reuters state that some news sites are reporting up to 100 casualties.
Reuters report that the police have established a first aid station to provide emergency care and ambulances have rushed to the scene to tend to casualties.
Speaking to Reuters Ralf Klauck, Duisburg police director, said:
"Initial information shows 10 people were killed in a mass panic by an entrance tunnel, 10 had to be resuscitated and 15 more were injured,"
Medical workers are reported to have struggled to get to people who were caught up in the crush.
Kate Connolly, a reporter from The Guardian, told Sky News:
"Medical staff had to fight through the massive crowd to reach them."
Some eyewitnesses at the festival said they have seen bodies under white sheets."
Frank Kopatschek, City spokesman says that 45 were injured and told the dpa news agency that the festival would continue. He said:
"the city of Duisburg's action committee has decided not to end the festival for now, for safety reasons."
A hotline has been set up by the emergency services for people who may need to try and contact their relatives.
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