A stampede occurs in Côte d’Ivoire, 61 people deceased, country in mourning for 3 days 科特迪瓦发生踩踏事故已致61人死 全国哀悼3天

(From Sina.com, the largest news web portal in China)

(Published 2013-01-02 07:07, with 130 comments as 2013-01-02 09:41)

On January 1, 2013 local time, a grave accident stemming from a stampede occurred at a New Year’s fireworks show in the Ivorian city of Abidjan. The stampede led to the loss of at least 60 lives and the injury of many more. The photographs below show the aftermath of the accident.


Image from Chinanews.com


Image from Chinanews.com


Image from Chinanews.com


Image from Chinanews.com 

According to foreign media reports published by the China News Service on January 2, the death toll from the New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration in Abidjan, Ivory Coast has risen to 61 people and more than 200 people have been injured. The Ivorian government has declared that there will be three days of mourning.

An official in the Côte d’Ivoire government said most of the casualties were children. There are conflicting reports about the stampede, which occurred at a stadium in Abidjan.

There are eyewitnesses who say that the robbing of someone’s cellphone by a knife-yielding youth led to the panic, while other people say the stampede resulted from poor crowd control by the police.

The Ivorian president visited the injured in hospital, and said he would launch an investigation into this national tragedy.


  中新网1月2日电 据外媒报道,科特迪瓦阿比让跨年烟花庆祝活动踩踏事件死亡人数升至61人,200余人受伤。政府宣布举行3天全国哀悼。






Beijing Mansion: Extreme joy begets sorrow. (Published 2013-01-02 07:41)

豪宅北京 :乐极生悲 (今天07:41)


Apple Young Cat: Light a candle. Fresh flowers. May Buddha preserve us. (Published 2013-01-02 07:57)

苹菓仔cat: 蜡烛鲜花 阿弥陀佛 (今天07:57)


In the name of Xi: Every time they report on this type of foreign news, they expend extra effort, updating the statistics at any time, they don’t even sleep. (Published 2013-01-02 07:52)

以熙之名: 每次报道这类国外新闻就格外卖力,数据随时更新,连觉都可以不睡。(今天07:52)


Jia Ya Fei: This kind of tragedy makes humankind lose face because of all the animals in the world, this kind of thing only occurs among human beings. (Published 2013-01-02 07:46)

贾涯非: 这种惨剧让地球人十分丢脸,因为地球上的动物只有人类出这种事 (今天07:46)


Viagra-Type Little Handsome One: Are human feet really so big? (Published 2013-01-02 07:50)

威型小帅: 人的脚真是这么大吗?(今天07:50)


crayfish8866: There really have been a lot of incidents recently in which children have died. (Published 2013-01-02 07:55)

crayfish8866: 最近发生儿子伤亡事件真的是频繁。(今天07:55)


The three grandfathers of the Yu family: It’s not clear whether or not they have been learning from the Celestial Empire and falsely reporting the number of casualties. [Emoticon of a giggle] (Published 2013-01-02 08:18)

(“Celestial Empire” was originally an honorific for Chinese imperial governments in the past. Chinese netizens now use the term to mock the current Chinese government.)

yu家的三爷: 不知道他们有没有像大天朝学习 瞒报死伤人数偷笑偷笑 今天08:18


Martin Luther King: Is this the type of society that wants to host the Africa Cup of Nations? (Published 2013-01-02 08:18)

马丁路德纲: 就这社会还想主办非洲杯呢?(今天08:00)


Old man at the foothill: Sixty people die and the whole nation has three days of morning? This is taking people too seriously and taking events too seriously. The Celestial Empire would never do this. Don’t you think so? (Published 2013-01-02 08:01)

山根儿老头: 死六十一个人就全国哀悼三天?这太拿人当人了,也太拿事当事了。天朝做不到!你说呢?(今天08:01)


Andyscool: How sorrowful! Those fireworks must have been manufactured in China. The cellphone that was stolen must have been made in China as well. (Published 2013-01-02 08:04)

Andyscool: 悲哀!烟花中国造的吧,被抢的手机估计也是吧。今天08:04

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