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66 killed in Philippine stadium stampede

The stampede occurred in a stadium where only one gate was left open to keep the rush out.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 17:11 IST

In the worst mishap of its kind in the Philippines, more than 66 persons were killed and an unspecified number were injured when a stampede broke out during the staging of a game show similar to 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' at a stadium.

The mayor of Pasig city said that at least 66 bodies had been recovered and the count of those injured was on.

"We feel the number of dead could be much higher," he said.

The incident took place at nine in the morning when the organisers of the game show announced that all entrances except one would be closed because of the heavy rush.

After the announcement, people outside the stadium, 15 kilometre from here, thronged the sole gate leading to the stampede, the worst ever in the Philippines.

The elimination round of the game show was going on in which cash prizes were being given to people giving correct answers to questions.

Nearly 1,00,000 people were within and outside the Uldra Savia stadium at the time of the stampede, a government spokesman said.

First Published: Feb 05, 2006 16:15 IST