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Ten pilgrims die in stampede at Hindu festival

Brahmaputra River.
Brahmaputra River. Image by Tareq Salahuddin / CC BY 2.0

Ten pilgrims have died in a stampede at the Hindu festival of Astami Snan at Narayanganj in Bangladesh. Every year, up to a million devotees flock to Narayanganj to ritually bathe in the waters of the Brahmaputra River, one of the most sacred rivers in the Hindu religion. A series of quays are set up for pilgrims, but overcrowding is a serious problem and there are often deaths at the festival due to crowd surges and drownings. Read more: thedailystar.net