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10/05/08 International

Over 100 are dead after a stampede started at a Hindu temple in Jodhpur city, India on Tuesday according to the Washington Post and the New York Times.

The numbers of dead and injured varied greatly between the two articles. The Washington Post said 12,000 people had gathered when the stampede started, with 168 being reported killed and more than 425 injured. The Associated Press article in the New York Times said that 2,000 to 3,000 people had gathered at the start of the stampede; that 147 people were killed and 55 were injured.

The New York Times article stated that the cause of the stampede was unclear, while the Washington Post article said that it was a false rumor of a bomb threat that caused the stampede.

Both articles stated that coconut milk spilled on the temple floor made the pathway slippery, causing many to fall. Both articles also reported that most of the dead were male, because of the separate lines for men and women, and that the majority of the deaths were caused by suffocation, not by injuries.

The Washington Post article then talked to various people and officials about the need for stricter crowd control at major gatherings. Both articles recounted similar events that had occurred elsewhere in India recently.