Timeline: Worst stampedes

As hundreds die in Cambodian stampede, we look at some of the most deadly crushes in recent history.

A stampede in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, has killed more than 300 people on Monday, the last day of a water festival.

Deadly stampedes are not unusual, as these incidents from the past 20 years shows.

July 1990 – Inside al-Muaissem tunnel near Mecca in Saudi Arabia, 1,426 pilgrims are crushed to death. The accident occurs on Eid al-Adha (The Feast of Sacrifice), Islam’s most important feast at the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

May 1994 – Also in Saudi Arabia, a stampede near Jamarat Bridge kills 270 in the area where pilgrims hurl stones at piles of rocks symbolising the devil.

April 1998 – Another 119 pilgrims are crushed to death during Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

May 2001 – In Ghana, 126 people are killed in a stampede at Accra’s main soccer stadium when police fire teargas at rioting fans in one of Africa’s worst soccer disasters.

February 2004 – A stampede kills 251 Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia near Jamarat Bridge during the ritual stoning of the devil at the Hajj pilgrimage.

January 2005 – At least 265 Hindu pilgrims, including several women and children, are killed near a remote temple in India’s Maharashtra state.

August 2005 – At least 1,005 people die in Iraq when Shias stampede off a bridge over the Tigris river in Baghdad, panicked by rumours of a suicide bomber in the crowd.

January 2006 – About 360 Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia are crushed to death at the eastern entrance of the Jamarat Bridge while jostling to perform the stoning ritual between noon and sunset.

February 2006 – Seventy-one people are killed at a stadium in Manila as they scrambled to get into a popular Philippine television game show.

September 2006 – At least 51 people are killed in a Yemeni stadium where President Ali Abdullah Saleh is holding a pre-election rally in the southern province of Ibb.

August 2008 – Rumours of a landslide trigger a stampede by pilgrims in India at the Naina Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh state. At least 145 people die and more than 100 are injured.

September 2008 – In India 147 people are killed and 55 injured in a stampede at the Chamunda temple, near the historic western town of Jodhpur.

March 2009 – In Cote D’Ivoire, at least 19 people are killed during a stampede at Abidjan’s Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium before a World Cup qualifier against Malawi.

February 2010 – Twenty-six people are crushed to death and 40 wounded in a stampede near a mosque in Mali’s desert city of Timbuktu during the Muslim festival of Maouloud.

July 2010 – A stampede kills 19 people and injures 342 at the Love Parade techno music festival in Duisburg, Germany.

November 2010 – A stampede on a bridge in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, kills at least 330 people after thousands panic on the last day of a water festival.

Source: News Agencies