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Posted at 9:52 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Cambodia stampede (Photos)

By Melissa Bell
Cambodia Stampede
The coffins of Bun Ratha and his wife, Sim Ratanak, are pictured at a funeral in Kandal province. Ratha and Ratanak died at a stampede on the Diamond Gate bridge during the annual three-day Water Festival. (Chor Sokunthea/Reuters)

At least 378 people have died in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the city is steeling itself for that number to rise. People celebrating the end of the rainy season got caught up in a stampede as they crossed a narrow bridge Monday. In panic, the crowd trampled on itself, and many fell over into the river below.

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Buddhist monks take part in a religious ceremony to mourn the deaths of stampede victims. (Chor Sokunthea/Reuters)
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Bodies of stampede victims are lined up at the Preah Kossamak Hospital. (Chor Sokunthea/Reuters)
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Women cry as they prepare to carry home the body of their loved one from a makeshift morgue inside the Calmette hospital in Phnom Penh. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP)
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People look at pictures of victims of the stampede posted on a billboard outside the Calmette hospital. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP)
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Cambodian police officials examine hundreds of shoes and other belongings on the bridge. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP)
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A crowd of Cambodians are pushed onto the bridge on the last day of celebrations of the water festival. (Heng Sinith/AP)

By Melissa Bell  | November 23, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
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Who should be responsible for this incident?

Posted by: vvuthy | November 24, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

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