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Stampede kills 25 pilgrims at Godavari Pushkaralu festival in Andhra Pradesh

At least 25 people died and many injured in a stampede on the first day of the 12-day ‘Godavari Pushkaralu’ in Andhra Pradesh.

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At least 25 people died and many injured in a stampede at a bathing ghat on the banks of river Godavari at Rajahmundry today morning. This was the first day of the 12-day ‘Godavari Pushkaralu’ in Andhra Pradesh, July 14.

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Among the dead were 13 women, a 10-year-old boy, and the rest were elderly men.

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The stampede occurred when authorities opened the gates at Kotigummam bathing ghat and pilgrims started pushing each other in a bid to reach the river bank first.

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Some women and children standing in front of the queues fell down while going down the steps on the banks of Godavari river.