Tragedy struck at one of the holiest festival in the Hindu calendar on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, as India stampede killed 91 people and left 10 others in critical condition. Channel News Asia reported that the stampede began on a bridge outside of a Hindu temple in Bhopal, India, and many of the victims ended up leaping to their deaths in the water below.
This was the same location that was the scene of another deadly stampede in India back in 2006.
"The death toll has risen to 91 and 10 others are in a critical condition," Deputy Police Inspector D.K. Arya told AFP late Sunday.
Police have said that the majority of those killed ended up doing so by being panicked by the stampede. This caused them to leap off of the bridge and into the water below. They were afraid that the structure was going to collapse.
As of now, the 91 dead includes 31 women and 17 children.
"On this day of festivities, our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement.
There were over 400,000 devotees inside or around the temple in the Datia district when the stampede in India began. The tragedy comes seven years after the stampede outside of the same temple led to the death of more than 50 people.