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Five schoolgirls die in India stampede

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  • Stampede occurs as rain flooded many homes and streets
  • Police differ on whether flooding played role in the stampede
  • Season rain inundates life in New Delhi every year
By Harmeet Shah Singh
CNN
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NEW DELHI, India ((CNN) -- A stampede broke out Thursday at a government school in New Delhi, killing at least five students, police said.

The crush also left 29 others injured, said S.S. Yadav, deputy commissioner of police.

The stampede occurred on a day when rain flooded many homes and streets and snarled traffic in the congested Indian capital.

Police in New Delhi, however, made conflicting comments about whether the downpour played a role in the stampede.

Area police inspector Pankaj Sharma said flooding wasn't related to the stampede. Video Watch more about the crush »

But Yadav said one of the school's two playgrounds was flooded, prompting students to cluster in the other.

The stampede happened when students packed a narrow stairway from both sides, he added.

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Of the five killed, some might have suffocated, according to Yadav.

Seasonal rain inundates life in New Delhi almost every year, with poor sewage and road-traffic management and creaky infrastructure contributing to flooding.

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