Tragedy do happens on the day you are supposed to be happy and we must learn to accept whatever the outcome is. When our family were in the middle of joyous moment welcoming my newly born baby into our family, no one knew that 7 days later my father will leave us forever. Its a tragic moment to remember but we accepted that our late father will never be back again.

Yesterday, there was a Hindu festival being held at the holy city of Varanasi. Hindu followers who were mainly women were traveling to the city to bathe in the Ganges river which supposed to ensure a long life for a son. But some of them could not arrived because their journey had ended early with deadly stempede at the railway station in Mughalsarai, about 215 miles southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. 13 elderly womens were trampled to death and 42 others were left injured in the incident.

13 killed in railway stampede in India
By BISWAJEET BANERJEE,
Associated Press Writer – Wed Oct 3, 12:53 PM ET

LUCKNOW, India – At least 13 elderly women traveling to a Hindu festival were trampled to death and 42 others were injured Wednesday in a northern Indian railway station when two trains arrived on adjacent platforms, officials said.The stampede occurred at the station in Mughalsarai, about 215 miles southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh.The 13 dead women had tripped in the crowd and “people just trampled over them,” said police official Kashmira Singh.

Sudama Devi, a woman traveling with her toddler, told local television she was searching for her mother.

“She was with me. When the stampede started, I just rolled down the stairs. Someone helped me to stand on my feet and I ran away with my child. When I came back, I could not see my mother,” she told Sahara Samay news channel.

The women were on their way to the holy city of Varanasi to bathe in the Ganges River during a festival that is supposed to ensure a long life for a son.

I have always reminded myself not to be too excited and highly alert of surrounding when traveling with large group of people. Yes! You can enjoy the festival but you also have to be highly alerted and aware of what is happening around you. You cannot discount that tragedy will happen when involving large group of people. Just make sure that you have an escape ways when something is happening.



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