December 17, 2005

At least 28 killed in south India stampede: TV

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - At least 28 homeless people were
trampled to death on Sunday and many others injured in a
stampede during the distribution of food coupons at a flood
relief center in southern India, television news channels said.

The early morning incident occurred in Chennai, formerly
known as Madras, when thousands of people had lined up for the
coupons, Aaj Tak channel said.

The channel said the stampede occurred when it started to
rain during the distribution of coupons, which recipients
exchange to receive food packets. Chennai is capital of Tamil
Nadu state.

Another TV station, Zee News, said 42 people had died in
the incident, triggered by a rumor that the coupons had

Chennai and many other parts of Tamil Nadu have been lashed
by heavy rains in the past few weeks. Many coastal villages
have been inundated, leaving thousands homeless.