List of fatal crowd crushes

This is a list of notable crowd collapses, crushes, and stampedes. Many such accidents are also in the list of accidents and disasters by death toll. The deadliest modern crowd crush incidents have both occurred during the Hajj pilgrimage, with the 1990 Mecca tunnel tragedy claiming 1,426 lives and the 2015 Mina stampede claiming 2,400.[1]

Ancient era

  • In AD 80, the Roman-Jewish historian Josephus recorded that in Jerusalem, while Ventidius Cumanus was procurator of Judea (AD 48–52), a Roman soldier mooned Jewish pilgrims at the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem who had gathered for Passover, and "spake such words as you might expect upon such a posture", causing a riot in which youths threw stones at the soldiers, who then called in reinforcements. The pilgrims panicked, and the ensuing stampede reportedly resulted in the deaths of thousands of Jews.[2] According to Josephus, "upwards of ten thousand"[3] and more than twenty thousand[4] people perished in the event, though these numbers may have been exaggerated.[5]


  • 11 October 1711: 245 people were killed in a crush on the Guillotière bridge (Pont de la Guillotière [fr]) in Lyon, France, when a large crowd returning from a festival on the other side of the Rhône became trapped against an obstruction in the middle of the bridge caused by a collision between a carriage and a cart.[6]
  • 30 May 1770: At least 133 people died when a fireworks display at what is now the Place de la Concorde in Paris, a celebration of the wedding of the future Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, set mannequins and other decorations aflame, leading to a panic in which many were trampled and others drowned in the adjacent Seine. Some historians have put the total death toll up to 3,000.[7]


Est. Deaths Date Name Country Place Description
27–34+ 23 February 1807 1807 Newgate disaster   United Kingdom Newgate Prison,
Dozens of spectators were crushed to death when part of a crowd of around 40,000 witnessing an execution surged forward after a wooden cart collapsed.
110 12 February 1823 Carnival tragedy of 1823   Malta Valletta About 110 boys died in a crush while attempting to leave the Convent of the Minori Osservanti during Carnival celebrations.[8]
65 19 February 1849 Theatre Royal disaster   United Kingdom Glasgow, Scotland Crush occurred at the Theatre Royal, Dunlop Street, when audience members rushed to escape the building during a fire.
43 20 November 1851 Ninth Ward School disaster   United States New York City Students suffocated after a staircase bannister failed while they were fleeing a possible fire, causing them to pile up at the bottom of the staircase.[9]
20 16 January 1865 Unnamed   United Kingdom Dundee, Scotland A crush occurred during admissions into Bell Street Hall for an upcoming promenade. The main entrance for the music hall was a downward flight of stairs with a set of inward opening gates. When the gates were opened, the force of the crowd pushed those in front down the areaway, which caused a pile-up that ultimately killed 20 people, three-quarters being between the ages of 12 and 18.[10][11]
19 10 October 1872 Unnamed   Germany Ostrowo (now in Poland) 19 women and children were killed in a crowd crush and resulting stairs collapse in a synagogue in during the fast of Yom Kippur. A failure of the gas lighting plunged a synagogue balcony (apparently, the women's gallery) into darkness, causing panic among the women.[12]
278 5 December 1876 Brooklyn Theatre fire   United States Brooklyn, New York Crushes on gallery and balcony staircases during the fire delayed the evacuation of the building, a contributing factor in the reported deaths.[13]
12 30 May 1883 Unnamed   United States New York City Dozens of others injured after a woman tripped on the stairway of the Brooklyn Bridge, which had been open for eight days at the time. The crush was exacerbated by fears the bridge was about to collapse.[14]
183 16 June 1883 Victoria Hall disaster   United Kingdom Sunderland, England 183 children aged between 3 and 14 were crushed when over 1,100 children surged down a blocked stairway to collect gifts from the entertainers after the end of a variety show.
40 14 October 1883 Unnamed   Russia Ziwonka, Podolia (now in Ukraine) False shouts of fire in the women's gallery in the synagogue caused a crush as people rushed towards the exit.[15]
183 5 September 1887 Exeter Theatre Royal fire   United Kingdom Exeter, England Deaths due to inadequate and obstructed fire-escapes.[16]
1,389 18 May 1896 Khodynka Tragedy   Russia Khodynka Field, Moscow Crush of those desiring to get presents during the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II – 1,300 more were injured.


Est. Deaths Date Name Country Place Description
115 19 September 1902 Shiloh Baptist Church stampede   United States Birmingham, Alabama Crush following a false fire alarm at a convention featuring Booker T. Washington.
602 30 December 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire   United States Chicago Most deaths caused by crush asphyxiation in the rush to escape.
16 11 January 1908 Barnsley Public Hall disaster   United Kingdom Barnsley, England Children attempting to view a show were crushed on the stairs when the hall became overcrowded, resulting in the deaths of 16 children.
175 4 March 1908 Collinwood school fire   United States Collinwood, Ohio One rescue worker, two teachers, and 172 children between the ages of five and fifteen were killed. Most of the children were killed in a stairwell when some were trying to escape down the stairs while others, who had found escape impossible that way, were trying to flee up the stairs.
73 24 December 1913 Italian Hall disaster   United States Calumet, Michigan The event is considered the source for the often-cited legal limit of protected speech, i.e., that one may not falsely shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater.
60–70 11 March 1918 Bolivar crowd crush [fr]   France Paris Following a bomb attack during World War I, Parisians tried to enter the Bolivar metro station, but the gates down the stairs only opened to the outside. The first rows of the crowd were crushed or suffocated by those behind them.[17][18]
71 31 December 1929 Glen Cinema disaster   United Kingdom Paisley, Scotland Caused by a smoking film canister. The resulting panic and crush initially killed 69 children and injured 40; two others later succumbed.
76 8 January 1934 Kyoto Railroad Station tragedy [ja]   Japan Kyoto A crowd of about 10,000 saying farewell to 750 recruits of the Imperial Japanese Navy collapsed at the bottom of a stairway from a viaduct leading over the tracks down to the platform. The number far exceeded the station's capacity.[19]
461 5 June 1941 Chongqing tunnel massacre [zh]   China Chongqing Thousands rushed to the Shiba Ti Tunnel bomb shelter during the Japanese Bombing of Chongqing in the Second Sino-Japanese War and were locked from the outside. Crowding and lack of oxygen caused a stampede to get out, crushing many.[20]
354 23 October 1942 Unnamed   Italy Genoa Crowd crush during an attack by the RAF Bomber Command in World War II as they made their way into Galleria delle Grazie, a railway tunnel used as an air-raid shelter. Rushing down the 150 steps leading underground into the shelter, people fell on top of one another.[21]
173 3 March 1943 Bethnal Green tube station disaster   United Kingdom London People were entering the station during an air-raid alert during World War II, and a woman holding a child lost her footing and fell down the stairs, leading to the crowd falling around her in a crush.
168 6 July 1944 Hartford circus fire   United States Hartford, Connecticut A fire broke out at a performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Many died after being trampled by other spectators, with some asphyxiating underneath the piles of people who fell over each other. Most of the dead were found in piles, some three bodies deep, at the most congested exits. A small number of people were found alive at the bottoms of these piles, protected by the bodies on top of them when the burning big top ultimately fell down.
33 9 March 1946 Burnden Park disaster   United Kingdom Bolton, England At an FA Cup Quarter-final between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City, the collapse of two crash barriers in an overcrowded stand led to the crowd falling forward upon each other.
53 9 April 1952 Santa Teresa Church tragedy [es]   Venezuela Caracas Occurred when someone shouted "Fire!" in the Basilica of St. Teresa. 40 people were arrested in connection with the crush.[22][23][24] Two men who were arrested on the day of the crush were released. The panic started when an elderly devotee brushed against the veil which was holding candles in the head, making a small fire that alarmed those responsible for the panic.[25]
109 9 March 1953 Stalin funeral crush   Soviet Union Moscow A crush in Trubnaya Square during the state funeral of Joseph Stalin.[26]
500–800 3 February 1954 1954 Prayag Kumbh Mela stampede   India Allahabad A surging crowd broke through the barriers separating them from a procession of sadhus and holy men of various akharas, resulting in a crush.
20 4 April [when?] Tbilisi Stadium crush   Soviet Union Tbilisi, Georgian SSR A crush in the Central Stadium during a football match between Dinamo Tbilisi and Spartak Moscow.
124 1 January 1956 Yahiko Shrine Stampede   Japan Yahiko, Niigata New Year panic and crush at the Yahiko Shrine.[27]
67 17 June 1959 Busan Stadium crush   South Korea Busan Heavy rain forced spectators to rush towards the upper sections of the municipal stadium, leading to the crush.
31 26 January 1960 Seoul Station crush   South Korea Seoul Occurred two days before the Lunar New Year when many people were returning to their hometowns. About 3,900 people, more than three times the average crowd, flocked to the ticket gate, where 200 tickets were sold for a train with a capacity of 80 people.[28]
328 24 May 1964 Estadio Nacional disaster   Peru Lima Fans disputing a referee's decision during a match between Peru and Argentina began a pitch invasion, with police firing tear gas canisters into one of the grandstands to prevent more fans from invading the field, causing panic so that departing spectators moved down the enclosed stairways, pressing those in the lead against solid corrugated steel shutters at the bottom of tunnels, which were closed. The shutters finally burst outward from pressure of the crush of bodies inside. All deaths occurred in the jammed stairwells, mostly from internal haemorrhaging by crushing pressure, or by asphyxia. An additional 500 people were injured, many critically.[29]
71 23 June 1968 Puerta 12 Tragedy   Argentina Buenos Aires Fans were caught in a crush at the bottom of the stairs leaving through Gate 12 (Puerta 12 in Spanish) of El Monumental Stadium after a derby between River Plate and Boca Juniors. The exact cause for this crush is not certain, though rival fans might have been throwing burning paper, causing a panic. Other accounts say that the gate was closed, either by police or by other fans, intentionally or unintentionally. Still others argue that it was a simple matter of too many fans going through a gate that was narrower than the staircase leading to it. The disaster remains the deadliest sports-related event in Argentine history.
43 17 September 1968 Kayseri Atatürk Stadium disaster   Turkey Kayseri Crush at a football match between Kayserispor and Sivasspor, which injured injured hundreds more. It was the worst instance of sports-related violence in Turkey.[30]
66 2 January 1971 1971 Ibrox disaster   United Kingdom Glasgow Stairway barriers collapsed after someone fell as fans were leaving the Ibrox Stadium following a match between Rangers and Celtic, leading to a crush. The tragedy included many children who died, and most of the deaths were caused by compressive asphyxia, with bodies being stacked up to six feet deep in the area. More than 200 others were injured.
21 10 March 1975 Sokolniki disaster [ru]   Soviet Union Moscow Crush after a friendly hockey match at the Sokolniki Sports Palace between the Soviet junior national team and the Canadian junior team Barrie Co-op. 25 others were wounded.
11 3 December 1979 The Who concert disaster   United States Cincinnati, Ohio Crush at a concert by The Who at the Riverfront Coliseum. The incident led to a reduced use of festival seating at U.S. venues.
7 9 July 1980 Unnamed   Brazil Fortaleza, Ceará On the 10th day of Pope John Paul II's visit to Brazil, in an effort to get good seats, the crowd at the Castelao Stadium broke down an unguarded gate and trampled those killed in the rush.[31][32]
21 8 February 1981 Karaiskakis Stadium disaster   Greece Piraeus While some fans were exiting the stadium after a match between Olympiacos and AEK Athens, some lost their balance and fell on the last steps; soon dozens fell onto each other and were stepped over by a horde of unsuspecting fans who kept coming. 19 people died at the scene, while two more died of their wounds in hospital. At least 55 were wounded.
66 20 October 1982 Luzhniki disaster   Soviet Union Moscow A crush began at a UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem at Luzhniki Stadium after a person fell and a dense moving crowd, their direction limited by metal banisters, pushed over the fallen, crushing them. Others stumbled over the bodies in a domino effect creating a large chain-reaction pile-up of people.[33]
19 20 November 1982 Khabarovsk Stadium disaster [ru]   Soviet Union Khabarovsk The crush occurred after a ball hockey match at Lenin Stadium. 49 others were wounded.
39 29 May 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster   Belgium Brussels A crush triggered by a wall that collapsed after fans escaping a confrontation between competing fan groups were pressed against it in the stadium before the start of the 1985 European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus. 600 were injured, and the disaster was later described as "the darkest hour in the history of the UEFA competitions".[34]
28 26 December 1987 Unnamed   China Shanyang County, Shaanxi Province At around 7 a.m., children rushed out of their classrooms at Chengguan Primary School after a bell called all pupils to attend a weekly school assembly on the sports field. One metal door at one end of the building was locked, causing the children from all 18 classes to rush down an unlighted stairwell to the only other exit, and some in the front fell over.[35][36]
93 13 March 1988 Kathmandu Stadium disaster   Nepal Kathmandu Football fans at Dasarath Rangasala Stadium attending a Tribhuvan Challenge Shield match between Janakpur Cigarette Factory and Bangladeshi side Liberation Army surged towards the only cover during a hailstorm. The crowd was beaten back by police, but when they returned to the south terrace, a crush developed in a tunnel exit through the terrace and could not escape because the stadium doors were locked, causing a fatal crush at the front of the crowd. 100 more were injured.
97 15 April 1989 Hillsborough disaster   United Kingdom Sheffield 97 people died and 766 were injured at Hillsborough Stadium during an FA Cup match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The intensity of the crush broke the barriers on the terraces, while those trapped were packed so tightly in the pens that many victims died of compressive asphyxia while still standing. The 1990 official inquiry concluded that the primary cause was the failure of police control, as too many people were let into the stadium. A 2012 reinvestigation concluded that crowd safety was compromised at every level by lack of police control.
8 6 June 1989 Khomeini funeral crush   Iran Tehran Crush as millions flocked to the coffin of Ayatollah Khomeini as it was being moved through downtown Tehran, forcing the military to transport the body to Behesht-e Zahra cemetery using a helicopter.
1,426 2 July 1990 1990 Mecca tunnel tragedy   Saudi Arabia Mina, Mecca A blockage at an exit of a pedestrian tunnel (Al-Ma'aisim tunnel) leading out from Mecca towards Mina and the Plains of Arafat led to deaths by suffocation of many religious pilgrims while they were traveling to perform the Stoning of the Devil ritual during the Hajj.
40 13 January 1991 Orkney Stadium Disaster   South Africa Orkney, North West Crush at a football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates attended by about 30,000 fans in a stadium with a capacity for 23,000. When brawls broke out, people panicked, and trying to escape, were crushed against riot-control fences in the melee.
42 13 February 1991 Unnamed   Mexico Chalma sanctuary, Mexico State An additional 55 religious pilgrims were injured after being overwhelmed by a crowd trying to enter the atrium of the sanctuary church to receive the divine signal from the ashes. The crowd pushed on for access to the atrium, with most of the dead and injured being trampled.[37]
105 24 September 1991 1991 Taiyuan Illumination show crush [zh]   China Jikong Bridge, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province Large crowds of unknown size arrived in Yingze Park to see lanterns at a light festival. Crowds moving in opposite directions were crossing a poorly lit bridge. Some fell into the water and were drowned; others were killed in the crowd collapse and crush on the west side of the bridge. In all, 105 people were killed and 108 more were injured.[38][39]
9 28 December 1991 City College stampede   United States New York City At an oversold charity basketball game featuring rap stars, 29 others were injured while entering an overcrowded gymnasium while funneling through a small stairwell area at the City College of New York.[40]
21 1 January 1993 Lan Kwai Fong Tragedy   Hong Kong Lan Kwai Fong 67 others injured as a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 revelers celebrated New Year's Eve in the city's nightclub district, controlled by 118 police officers. The victims were mostly teenagers and people in their 20s. The Independent reported witnesses as saying it was impossible to distinguish between the yelps of the partying crowd and the victims' agonized screams.[41][42][43]
270 23 May 1994 1994 Hajj stampede   Saudi Arabia Jamarat Bridge, Mecca Hajj pilgrims were killed and injured during a crowd crush at the Stoning of the Devil ritual.
113 23 November 1994 1994 Gowari stampede   India Nagpur, Maharashtra Gowari people in a political protest, mostly women and children, perished in a crush triggered by cane-wielding police who attempted to prevent the estimated crowd of 40,000 from pressing towards the Vidan Bhavan. 500 others were injured.
162 18 March 1996 Ozone Disco fire   Philippines Quezon City A fire at a nightclub filled beyond capacity led to a crush at the only exit, whose doors opened inward. Many of the bodies were discovered along the corridor leading to the exit, piled up waist-high.[44]
83 16 October 1996 16 October disaster   Guatemala Guatemala City 147 others were injured on the steep stairway of Estadio Mateo Flores prior to a World Cup qualifying match between Guatemala and Costa Rica. The crowd was estimated at 50,000 in the stadium designed to seat 37,500.
118 9 April 1998 Unnamed   Saudi Arabia Mecca Hajj pilgrims were trampled to death, 180 more injured in an incident on the Jamarat Bridge.[45]
53 14 January 1999 1999 Sabarimala stampede   India Sabarimala shrine, Kerala When a landslide caused a cave-in during a Hindu pilgrimage on the day of Makara Jyothi, panic ensued and 200,000 male devotees panicked as the hill upon which they stood collapsed into the temple. The BBC reported that "Some of the dead were buried in the collapse, but most died in a stampede to avoid the landslide."[46]
53 30 May 1999 Nyamiha stampede   Belarus Minsk A sudden thunderstorm caused a number of young people to race for nearby shelter during an open-air concert. The crowd was funneled toward the underpass of the Nyamiha metro station and many were killed when they started slipping on the wet pavement, falling and trampling each other.
6 4 December 1999 "Air & Style" crowd crush   Austria Innsbruck "Severe crowd accumulation" at one exit of Bergisel Stadium went unnoticed. Darkness, a steep slope and a slippery surface were contributing factors, but "panic did not occur at any time." Four others were left in a vegetative state, and 38 were injured.[47]




Est. Deaths Date Name Country Place Description
13 24 March 2000 Throb nightclub disaster   South Africa Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal 13 children killed and 100 injured after a panic that broke out after a teargas canister detonated during a party for 600 children.[48][49]
9 30 June 2000 Roskilde Festival disaster   Denmark Roskilde Occurred as members of the crowd were crushed against the stage during a performance by Pearl Jam. Another 26 people were injured, 3 of them seriously.
12 9 July 2000 Unnamed   Zimbabwe Harare Spectators at a World Cup qualifier between Zimbabwe and South Africa died trying to leave the National Sports Stadium after police fired tear gas to control the crowd.[50]
35 5 March 2001 2001 Hajj stampede   Saudi Arabia Mina Hajj pilgrims trampled in a crowd crush during the Stoning of the Devil ritual.[51]
43 11 April 2001 Ellis Park Stadium disaster   South Africa Johannesburg Crush during a football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates
127 9 May 2001 Accra Sports Stadium disaster   Ghana Accra Crush at a football match between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak after police fired tear gas at rioters.[52]
11 21 July 2001 Akashi crowd crush   Japan Akashi 247 others injured by a crowd crush after a fireworks show.[53]
7 21 December 2001 Unnamed   Bulgaria Sofia Children aged 10 to 14 killed on the stairway leading to the entrance of a discothèque.[54]
14 11 February 2003 Unnamed   Saudi Arabia Mina Occurred during the Stoning of the Devil ritual of the Hajj pilgrimage.[55]
21 17 February 2003 2003 E2 nightclub stampede   United States Chicago Crush in the stairway exit to the nightclub, after a pepper spray was used on an upper-story dance floor.
100 20 February 2003 The Station nightclub fire   United States West Warwick, Rhode Island Many of the victims trampled.
251 1 February 2004 2004 Hajj stampede   Saudi Arabia Mina Occurred at Jamarat Bridge during the Stoning of the Devil ritual of the Hajj.
37 5 February 2004 2004 Miyun stampede   China Miyun County, Beijing 15 others injured in a crowd crush during Lantern Festival in Mihong Park.[56]
21 12 April 2004 Saree Stampede   India Lucknow Women were killed in a crush after people rushed to collect free sarees.[57]
291 25 January 2005 Mandher Devi temple stampede   India Maharashtra Hindu pilgrims surged near Mandhradevi temple.
7 25 March 2005 Unnamed   Iran Tehran Crush after Iran-Japan match (2006 FIFA World Cup qualification) when leaving Azadi Stadium.[58]
953 31 August 2005 2005 Al-Aimmah Bridge disaster   Iraq Baghdad Rumors among Shiite pilgrims of a suicide bomber led to mass panic and a crush on the bridge, killing many before it finally collapsed.[59]
42 18 December 2005 2005 December Chennai stampede   India Chennai Crush as flood relief supplies were handed out to homeless refugees.
345 12 January 2006 2006 Hajj stampede   Saudi Arabia Mina Occurred at Jamarat Bridge during the Stoning of the Devil ritual of the Hajj.
78 4 February 2006 PhilSports Arena Stampede   Philippines Pasig, Metro Manila Crush at the venue of the first anniversary celebrations of ABS-CBN's variety show Wowowee.[60]
51 12 September 2006 Unnamed   Yemen Ibb Governorate More than 200 others injured in a crush at a campaign rally.[61]
12 2 June 2007 Unnamed   Zambia Chililabombwe Crush at the end of a football game between Zambia and Republic of Congo.[62]
14 3 October 2007 Unnamed   India Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh Women were crushed to death at a train station.[63]
6 5 October 2007 Unnamed   North Korea Sunchon Crush after a crowd of 15,000 watched a public execution in a stadium, 34 others injured.[64]
11 9 February 2008 2008 Bandung stampede   Indonesia Bandung Crush at the launching album concert of the metal band Beside.
9 27 March 2008 Unnamed   India Ashok Nagar, Madhya Pradesh More than a dozen others injured at a temple crush during a pilgrimage.[65]
12 20 June 2008 New's Divine nightclub tragedy   Mexico Mexico City 13 others injured at a nightclub crush during a police raid.[66]
142 3 August 2008 Naina Devi stampede   India Himachal Pradesh 47 others injured in a stampede at the Naina Devi temple after a rain shelter collapsed, which worshipers mistakenly took to be a landslide.
11 14 September 2008 Unnamed   Democratic Republic of Congo Butembo Rumors of players using witchcraft led to rioting at a football match which was dispersed by police using tear gas, causing the crush.[67]
224 30 September 2008 2008 Jodhpur stampede   India Jodhpur 425 others injured at the Chamunda Devi temple in a panic caused by a rumor that a bomb was planted in the temple complex.[68] Local authorities, however, blamed steep, slippery slopes leading to the temple.[69]
20 2 October 2008 Unnamed   Tanzania Tabora Children died in a crush in an overcrowded children's dance hall.[70]
4 21 March 2009 Unnamed   Russia Pervouralsk Crush at a discotheque. 3 of the dead were schoolgirls. 8 people were injured.[71]
19 29 March 2009 Houphouët-Boigny Arena stampede   Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan 130 others injured as fans tried to squeeze into the stadium for a World Cup qualifier between Côte d'Ivoire and Malawi.[72]
8 8 December 2009 Unnamed   China Xiangxiang, Hunan Province 7 boys and one girl aged between 11 and 14 years old were killed and 26 injured in result of a crush in Yucai Middle School. 52 evening classes were dismissed at the same time, and the crush occurred when most of the students tried to exit down the same stairwell. It was raining outside, and that particular stairwell was closest to the dormitories.[73]


Est. Deaths Date Name Country Place Description
71 4 March 2010 Pratapgarh stampede   India Kunda Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh Over 200 others injured at Ram Janki Temple in a crush after the gates of the temple collapsed.
21 24 July 2010 Love Parade disaster   Germany Duisburg More than 500 others injured during crowd turbulences.[74]
347 22 November 2010 Phnom Penh stampede   Cambodia Phnom Penh Crowd crush during a water festival near the Royal Palace.
102 15 January 2011 2011 Sabarimala crowd crush   India Kerala 100 others injured by a crowd crush near Sabarimala temple.
12 12 February 2011 Unnamed   Nigeria Port Harcourt Crush after a PDP political rally after guards did not open a larger gate, and shot into the air to try to disperse the crowds.[75][76]
16 8 November 2011 Unnamed   India Haridwar, Uttarakhand Crush during a religious ceremony on the banks of the Ganges river.[77]
74 1 February 2012 Port Said Stadium riot   Egypt Port Said In the Port Said Stadium, Al Masry fans attacked Al-Ahly fans during an Egyptian Premier League football match, caused a crush that left 200 others injured.[78]
18 19 November 2012 Unnamed   India Patna, Bihar Crush occurred during Chhath Puja at the Adalat Ganj area ghat. At least 20 more were also injured, several critically. While it was originally believed that a collapsed bamboo bridge was the cause, later investigations determined that electricity being cut to the ghat was what led to panic.[79][80]
60 1 January 2013 2013 Houphouët-Boigny stampede   Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan 26 children among those killed, and more than 200 injured at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny during a New Year's fireworks celebration.[81]
10 1 January 2013 Unnamed   Angola Luanda 120 others injured as they tried to enter the overcrowded Estádio da Cidadela for a New Year's Eve vigil.[82]
242 27 January 2013 Kiss nightclub fire   Brazil Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul 168 others injured as a result of a nightclub fire. According to local authorities the fire began on stage after members of the band flared a pyrotechnic device that ignited flammable acoustic foam in the ceiling. Other reasons for the high death toll included the lack of emergency exits and the excessive number of people present.[83]
36 10 February 2013 2013 Kumbh Mela stampede   India Allahabad During the Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela, a crowd crush at the train station injured 39 others.[84]
17 14 July 2013 Unnamed   Indonesia Nabire, Papua Spectators died escaping the Kota Lama Sport Stadium when a riot broke out after a boxing match.[85]
115 13 October 2013 2013 Madhya Pradesh stampede   India Datia district, Madhya Pradesh During the Hindu festival Navratri, a crush near the Ratangarh Mata Temple injured more than 100 others.[86]
28 2 November 2013 Unnamed   Nigeria Uke, Anambra state Shortly after a vigil at the Holy Ghost Adoration Center, 200 others injured in a crush on one of the narrow roads leading out of the town, though the center was over capacity.[87][88][89]
14 5 January 2014 Unnamed   China Xiji County, Ningxia Crush at the Beida Mosque due to mismanagement of crowds at the commemoration of a late religious figure.[90]
18 18 January 2014 2014 Mumbai stampede   India Mumbai At least 40 more were injured, when crowds coming to mourn Muslim spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin became trapped against a gate at his residence.[91]
24 15 March 2014 2014 Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment tragedy   Nigeria Various Up to 24 recruits were killed and more than 119 were injured at several stadiums and other venues across Nigeria when 520,000 applicants were invited to take the aptitude test and physical exercises in order to get one of 4,556 available positions with the Nigerian Immigration Service. As many as one million might have shown up for the event at one of its 37 sites. In many cases, security forces fired their rifles into the air for crowd control, which triggered deadly panics. In at least one location the release of teargas had the same effect. In several locations there was no effective queuing, and all candidates had to enter the stadium through a single door.[92][93]
14 25 April 2014 Unnamed   Democratic Republic of Congo Kikwit During a memorial concert for singer King Kester Emeneya, power was lost to the stadium and a crush formed at the exit.[94]
15 11 May 2014 2014 Stade Tata Raphaël disaster   Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Crush at a football match between TP Mazembe and Vita Club when police fired a tear gas canister in order to control the crowds.[95]
34 29 July 2014 Unnamed   Guinea Conakry Crush at the end of a rap concert after the attendees tried to leave the venue through a small gate.[96][97]
32 3 October 2014 2014 Patna stampede   India Patna 26 others injured in a crowd crush shortly after the Dussehra celebrations at the Gandhi Maidan.[98]
7 10 October 2014 2014 Multan stampede   Pakistan Multan District, Punjab 40 others injured as a result of a crush at Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium after a speech of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party chairman, Imran Khan. The latter alleged that only two gates of the venue were opened at the end of the rally and the lights were also switched off, but this was later denied by the DCO and local authorities.[99]
11 21 November 2014 Kwekwe stadium stampede   Zimbabwe Kwekwe 40 others injured in a crush during a religious service.[100]
36 31 December 2014 2014 Shanghai stampede   China Shanghai 42 others injured in a crush during New Year's celebrations at The Bund.[101][102]
28 8 February 2015 30 June Stadium stampede   Egypt Cairo Crush at a football game between Zamalek and ENPPI.[103][104]
16 17 February 2015 2015 Haiti Carnival stampede   Haiti Port-au-Prince Crush during the Shrove Tuesday festival after a man was electrocuted by high-voltage wires.
23 9 July 2015 Unnamed   Bangladesh Mymensingh 50 others injured following a crush at a free clothing drive.[105][106]
27 14 July 2015 Unnamed   India Godavari River, Andhra Pradesh Pilgrims died in a crush on the banks of the Godavari River. The Hindu pilgrims had gathered to take a dip in the river at the start of the Maha Pushkaralu festival.[107]
11 10 August 2015 Unnamed   India Jharkhand At least 50 more injured when people rushing the queue crushed those who fell and were asleep at the Baidyanath Temple.[108][109]
2,400+ 24 September 2015 2015 Mina stampede   Saudi Arabia Mina Overcrowding incident during the Hajj pilgrimage. A further 934 were injured.[110]
12 25 October 2015 Unnamed   Afghanistan Taloqan Girls aged ten to fifteen were killed and another 42 were injured in a crush on a stairway while trying to escape the school during the 2015 Hindu Kush earthquake.[111][112]
300 2 October 2016 2016 Ethiopian protests   Ethiopia Various Occurred during the annual thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people after police confronted protesters during the 2016 Ethiopian protests, resulting in a crush.[113] The opposition political party Oromo Federalist Congress, claimed the number of people confirmed dead was 678. While the government claimed only tear gas and rubber bullets were fired by security forces on the ground as well as from the helicopter, eyewitness as well as some videos allegedly from the scene show security forces firing what seemed to be live rounds of ammunition.
24 15 October 2016 Unnamed   India Varanasi Occurred near the Rajghat Bridge when many times the expected number of people were heading towards a religious retreat, causing a crush, and later a stampede due to rumors that the bridge had collapsed.[114][115]
6 14 January 2017 Unnamed   India Sagar Island, West Bengal Occurred while pilgrims were trying to board vessels to Kolkata ahead of high tide, after a religious festival on the island.[116][117]
17 10 February 2017 Unnamed   Angola Uíge At least 61 others injured, during a crush in the Estádio 4 de Janeiro ahead of the opening match of the Angolan football season while trying to enter the stadium before a match between Santa Rita de Cássia FC and Recreativo do Libolo.[118]
8 6 March 2017 Unnamed   Zambia Lusaka 28 others injured during a crush over food aid from a church group.[119]
40 2 June 2017 Resorts World Manila attack   Philippines Pasay, Metro Manila Crush during the evacuation of the Resorts World Manila complex after a gunman opened fire and burned casino gambling equipment.
8 6 July 2017 Unnamed   Malawi Lilongwe 7 of the dead were children. At least 40 others injured during a crush at the Bingu National Stadium during the nation's independence day celebrations while trying to enter before a match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers F.C.[120][121]
8 15 July 2017 Unnamed   Senegal Dakar 60 more injured in a crush when a wall collapsed at Demba Diop stadium as police fired tear gas at both sets of fans after a Senegalese League Cup final game between US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour.[122][123]
22 29 September 2017 Unnamed   India Mumbai Hundreds more injured in a crush following heavy rains in a footbridge between Parel and Elphinstone road stations.[124]
15 19 November 2017 Unnamed   Morocco Sidi Boulaalam 15 women were killed and 40 women injured after breaking down barriers during a food-aid distribution.[125][126]
10 18 December 2017 Unnamed   Bangladesh Chittagong At least 50 more injured during a funeral ritual for former mayor A.B.M. Mohiuddin Chowdhury when people tried to rush down a sloped gateway into the Rima Community Center.[127]
10 14 May 2018 Unnamed   Bangladesh Chittagong A further 50 were injured in a crush while collecting alms before Ramadan.[128]
19 16 June 2018 El Paraíso stampede   Venezuela Caracas Stampede after a tear gas canister was detonated in a crowded club.[129]
6 8 December 2018 Corinaldo stampede   Italy Corinaldo, Marche Dozens more injured in a crush as concertgoers tried to leave the packed Lanterna Azzurra club after pepper spray was fired inside.[130]
16 26 June 2019 2019 Antananarivo crush   Madagascar Antananarivo 101 more injured in a crush before a concert on the country's 59th Independence Day at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium. The show was about to start and people believed they could enter the stadium and began to push, but the police left the doors closed.[131]
31 10 September 2019 Karbala stampede   Iraq Karbala Pilgrims killed and at least 100 others injured in a crush near a major Shiite shrine while marking Ashura.[132]
9 1 December 2019 Paraisópolis Massacre   Brazil São Paulo Crush at a funk music party at Paraisópolis, São Paulo after police entered the venue in pursuit of suspects, causing panic.[133][134]


Est. Deaths Date Name Country Place Description
56 7 January 2020 Qasem Soleimani funeral stampede   Iran Kerman 200 more injured in a crush at the funeral of general Qasem Soleimani.[135]
20 1 February 2020 Unnamed   Tanzania Moshi 16 more injured in crush at a church when more than 4,500 attendees were being ushered through an exit so that they could walk on "anointed oil" during a prayer meeting[136]
14 4 February 2020 Unnamed   Kenya Kakamega Pupils killed in a staircase crush when they were leaving for the day.[137]
20 17 February 2020 Unnamed   Niger Diffa Crush while relief aid was being distributed, mostly to refugees from Nigeria.[138]
13 22 August 2020 Los Olivos stampede   Peru Lima 6 others injured in the Los Olivos District, when the police raided the Thomas Restobar nightclub to break up an illegal gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic.[139][140]
15 21 October 2020 Unnamed   Afghanistan Jalalabad At least 15 killed (11 women) and many more injured in a crowd crush at a stadium, after thousands of people gathered to apply for permits to Pakistan when visa applications resumed after a seven-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[141][142]
45 21 March 2021 2021 Dar es Salaam stampede   Tanzania Dar es Salaam Crush at Uhuru Stadium at the wake of President John Magufuli.
45 30 April 2021 2021 Meron stampede   Israel Meron Dozens more critically wounded in a crush at the annual Meron pilgrimage during Lag BaOmer. Organizers estimated that 100,000 people, the vast majority of whom were Ultra-Orthodox Jews, arrived on the night of 29 April.[143][144]
10[145] 5 November 2021 Astroworld Festival crowd crush   United States Houston Numerous others injured in a crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival hosted by rapper Travis Scott at NRG Park. 300 people were treated for injuries, and 11 people suffered cardiac arrest.[146]
12 1 January 2022 Vaishno Devi Temple stampede   India Jammu and Kashmir 16 more injured during a crush at a Hindu shrine, triggered by a heavy rush of people coming to celebrate the New Year.[147]
8 24 January 2022 Yaoundé football crush   Cameroon Yaoundé Crush at Olembe Stadium to watch a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations football match between Cameroon and Comoros.[148]
31 28 May 2022 Port Harcourt stampede   Nigeria Port Harcourt Crush at a charity event at Port Harcourt Polo Club organised by Kings Assembly Pentecostal Church. Hundreds of people who had arrived hoping to receive free food and clothing broke through a fence, causing a panic.[149][150]
41 14 August 2022 Giza church fire   Egypt Giza A fire at the Abu Sefein Church caused panic and a crowd crush.[151]
135 1 October 2022 Kanjuruhan Stadium disaster   Indonesia Malang, East Java Football fans were killed while fleeing from tear gas fired inside the stadium after a Super East Java Derby between Arema FC versus Persebaya Surabaya ended in a riot.[152][153]
159 29 October 2022 Seoul Halloween crowd crush   South Korea Seoul Crush at a narrow alley in the Itaewon district during Halloween celebrations; at least 172 more people were injured.[154][155][156] In December 2022, the death of one survivor from suicide was ruled by authorities to have been caused by the disaster, legally declaring him the 159th victim.[157]
11 30 October 2022 Unnamed   Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Crush at a concert headlined by music star Fally Ipupa[158] at the Martyrs' Stadium
7 28 December 2022 Unnamed   India Kandukur, Andhra Pradesh Crush at a political rally as crowds gathered to hear a speech by former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.[159]
9 1 January 2023 Unnamed   Uganda Kampala Crowds rushing to see a New Year's firework display got stuck in a narrow corridor in a shopping mall.[160]
16 23-31 March 2023 2023 Pakistan ration distribution stampedes   Pakistan Various Crushes as people gathered at distribution centers nationwide to receive charitable aid during Ramadan[161]
90 19 April 2023 Sanaa stampede   Yemen Sanaa Armed Houthis fired into the air in an attempt at crowd control during a Ramadan charity distribution event and hit an electrical wire, which exploded and caused panic among those waiting. More than 300 others were injured.[162][163]
12 20 May 2023 San Salvador crowd crush   El Salvador San Salvador During a Primera División football match between Alianza F.C. and C.D. FAS, fans tried to enter Estadio Cuscatlán after the gates had been closed, leading to a crush after they overran the barricades. More than 500 others were injured.[164]
12 25 August 2023 Unnamed   Madagascar Antananarivo During the opening of the 11th Indian Ocean Island Games a crush occurred at the Barea Stadium’s C5 gate as people tried to enter the already full stadium resulting in more than 80 other injuries.[165]
32 20 November 2023 2023 Brazzaville crowd crush   Republic of the Congo Brazzaville Army applicants forcibly entered the Michel d'Ornano stadium during a recruitment drive, resulting in a crush that also injured 145.[166]
10 22 January 2024 Unnamed   Cameroon Yaoundé Crush as tardy students rushed to enter the gates of the Lycée Bilingue d'Etoug-Ebe.[167]
123 2 July 2024 2024 Uttar Pradesh crowd crush   India Hathras District, Uttar Pradesh Crush as attendees were leaving at the end of a religious event. At least 150 others were injured.[168]


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