29 September 2008

Stampede! A travesty, again and again

I don't know why this catches my attention, but I've blogged about human stampedes twice in the past (on my old tribe.net blog here and here), and unfortunately, some new episodes have occured with atrocious numbers of deaths.

2008: 35 die in Indian temple stampede (includes references to other recent events)

2007: 7 die in Chinese superstore stampede

2005: 1,000 die in Baghdad bridge stampede

2005: 5 hurt in London IKEA stampede

2004:  3 die in Saudi shop stampede

Whenever I'm in the middle of a huge crowd, I'm always wary of which way to escape in case of stampede.