Reports of stampede at Hindu festival

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As part of the Maha Kumbh festival, over 100 million Hindu devotees are expected to bathe in the Ganges in Allahabad, India. VIEW

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Allahabad - News reports say at least 10 people are feared dead and dozens were injured after a stampede broke out at a train station in the northern Indian town where millions of devout Hindus gathered for a religious festival.

New Delhi Television channel reported that the stampede broke out late on Sunday after a footbridge at the Allahabad train station collapsed. There was no immediate confirmation from any local officials.

An estimated 30 million devotees were expected to take a dip at the Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, on Sunday, one of the holiest bathing days of the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival.

The festival lasts 55 days and is one of the world's largest religious gatherings.

- AP
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