Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.

Death toll in India temple stampede rises to 115

A woman injured in a stampede on a bridge across the Sindh River lies at a hospital in Datia, India, on Monday, October 14.

Story highlights

  • Police say a rumor that a bridge was collapsing sparked the stampede
  • Many people jumped off the bridge into the river, a police inspector says
The death toll in a weekend stampede outside a temple in central India has risen to 115, authorities said Tuesday.
The stampede happened Sunday on a bridge over the Sindh River in Ratangarh, where pilgrims were headed to a temple for a Hindu festival.
A rumor that the bridge was about to collapse caused panicked people to stampede, police told CNN sister network CNN-IBN. About 25,000 people were on the bridge at the time, said D.K. Arya, a local deputy police inspector.
Many people jumped off the bridge into the river, Arya said.
Ratangarh is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.