Shanghai new year crush ‘kills 35’

A crush at New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai has killed 35 people and injured some 42 others, Chinese state media report.

The crush broke out in Chenyi Square in Shanghai’s Huangpu district, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Shanghai City government said the situation began at 23:35 local time (15:35 GMT) and that a “working group” had been set up to handle the incident.

The cause of the crush was currently under investigation, it added.

Photos posted on social media showed people receiving first aid on the road and large numbers of police securing the area.

Photos suggested that large numbers of people had gathered near the waterfront area, known as The Bund.

On social media, users who said they were at the scene described huge crowds at the scene of the crush.

“There were really too many people!” Sina Weibo user iiisay wrote. “Squeezed inside, you could not budge, and could only move with the crowd.”


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