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Guatemala concert stampede leaves at least 9 dead, 20 injured

Guatemala concert stampede leaves at least 9 dead, 20 injured

At least 9 humans had been killed and 20 others injured in a stampede at an out of doors live performance in western Guatemala, emergency people stated.


Local media stated that the sufferers had been overwhelmed as heaps of humans attempted to go away an open-air esplanade on the cease of a live performance in the course of the traditional “Xelafer” competition in Quetzaltenango, approximately 200km (a hundred twenty five miles) west of the capital Guatemala City, early on Thursday.


First useful resource people had been supporting injured humans and ambulances had been on the scene, pics from Guatemala’s Red Cross confirmed on Twitter.


“The Guatemalan Red Cross and volunteer firefighters stabilised greater than 20 injured humans and 9 humans died on the scene,” the relaxation business enterprise tweeted.


The occasion changed into held to mark Independence Day withinside the Central American country, nearby media stated.


Translation: Preliminary reviews of 9 humans useless and greater than 20 injured after a human stampede that came about in region nine of Xela. Relatives have come to discover the our bodies in their household on the venue in which a live performance marking the independence of Guatemala changed into held.

Nancy Queme, who changed into on the live performance, informed The Associated Press information business enterprise that heaps of humans attended the live performance. “Because of the rain, there has been quite a few mud,” she stated. “I suppose due to this humans couldn’t flow and that they fell.”


The lineup of bands had began out gambling on Wednesday afternoon, and Queme stated there had been households with kids even withinside the early hours of Thursday.


“They closed off the complete location and most effective left  access [points],” she stated. “The entrances regarded truely small to me. I stayed quite a long way returned and determined to go away mins earlier than the cease of the live performance.”


The injured humans, a few with suspected fractures, had been taken to hospital, nearby firefighters stated on Twitter.


The useless have now no longer but been named via way of means of authorities, Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre stated.


Local media stated  kids had been amongst folks that died. Al Jazeera couldn't independently confirm that information.


Amilcar Rivas, Quetzaltenango’s metropolis manager, stated the occasion organisers did now no longer have a grip on protection and crowd control. He stated the occasion did have a permit.


Local media stated the occasion changed into organised via way of means of a lager company.


It changed into the primary time in 3 years that Guatemala celebrated its 1821 independence from Spain after the preceding  years’ celebrations had been referred to as off because of COVID-19.


SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES


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