22 people killed in Stampede during India religious festival

At least 22 people have been killed and 10 others injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival in southern India. The stampede during India religious festival was triggered by some pilgrims who were trying to retrieve their shoes, which had fallen off in the rush to the river bank, police said.

A state administrator, Arun Kumar, says the stampede occurred in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh state on Tuesday as tens of thousands of people pushed forward to bathe in the Godavari River during the Pushkaralu festival.

Rajahmundry, is 450 kilometers (280 miles) east of Hyderabad, the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and newly created Telangana state.
Nearly 24 million people are expected to take part in on going 12-day festival along the Godavari River flowing through the two states.

People that attend the Festival believes that a bath in the river can rid them of their sins.

Deadly stampedes are fairly common during Indian religious festivals, where large crowds gather in small areas with few safety or crowd control measures.

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