At least 35 dead, 42 injured in Shanghai New Year's stampede: CCTV

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Posted: Dec 31, 2014 4:29 PM

(Reuters) - At least 35 people were killed and 42 were injured in a stampede during a New Year’s celebration on the Bund, the famed waterfront tourist area in central Shanghai, official Chinese media reported.

Government television CCTV America quoted online media company Sina News as saying that large crowds in Chen Yi Square on the Bund led to the stampede. It said authorities were working to rescue and aid the wounded.

The official Xinhua news service reported that the stampede began at 11:35 pm. It was not immediately clear what triggered the stampede, the news reports said.

Photographs posted online showed densely packed crowds of revelers along the Bund, one of the most famed tourist areas in Shanghai that runs along the bank of the Huangpu River.

In some photographs, rescue workers were seen trying to resuscitate victims lying on the pavement while ambulances waited nearby.

Authorities had canceled an annual 3D laser show on the Bund that last year attracted as many as 300,000 people.

(Writing by Ken Wills; Editing by Howard Goller)