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  • Images uploaded to Weibo show dozens of people lying in the floor at the Bund are, in Shanghai.

    Images uploaded to Weibo show dozens of people lying in the floor at the Bund are, in Shanghai. | Photo: Weibo

  • At least 35 people died and 43 more were injured due to the stampede.

    At least 35 people died and 43 more were injured due to the stampede. | Photo: Weibo

Published 31 December 2014

Shanghai authorities announced they are investigating the cause of the tragedy.

At least 35 people died Wednesday after a stampede broke out during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai’s Chen Yi square.

The incident is being called one of the worst disasters to hit the highly industrialized city. Chen Yi Square is near the famous riverfront Bund area, which is usually used to hold mass events.

Another 43 people were sent to several local hospitals, although it is not clear how serious their injuries are.

Local authorities explained that the incident occurred a few minutes before midnight, but the exact cause of the stampede has not yet been determined. An inquiry into the incident has already begun.

Most of the victims, according to preliminary local authorities reports, are students.

Images uploaded to the Chinese versions of Twitter, Weibo, show dozens of people lying on the floor while rescue crews attend to them. Some of the photographs even show paramedics trying revive victims.

Organizers of the New Year countdown said before the incident that about 2,000 people were expected to attend the event; however, one year ago nearly 300,000 people gathered in the Bund area.

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