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Tragic New Year Eve: Stampede kills 35 in Shanghai

Shanghai, Jan 01: At least 35 people were killed in a stampede during New Year eve celebrations in Shanghai. The reason that triggered the stampede is yet unclear. Thousands of people who had thronged the ciry's famed waterfront tourist strip known as the Bund to welcome 2015, were unaware of the destiny that the New Year will begin on a tragic note.

At least 46 people were wounded in the incident. The government has ordered a probe into the stampede that claimed 35 lives. The photographs on the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo, showed that the Chen Yi Square was packed with crowds on the eve of New Year to celebrate before the midnight. The images reflected the chaos and panic at the site and many injured were shown receiving the first aid.

Chinese media reports said that the stampede was triggered when wads of fake money were tossed from the building of a night club alluring the celebrators to rush in hope of laying their hands on some moolah.

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted an unnamed witness as saying people had scrambled for coupons that looked like dollar bills that were being thrown out of a third-floor window. It said the cause of the stampede was still under investigation.

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