Commemoration for stampede victims

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More than 350 people were killed in the 2010 Water Festival stampede. Supplied

Phnom Penh City Hall will organise a religious ceremony on Wednesday to commemorate victims of the Koh Pich stampede seven years ago.

Municipal Governor Khuong Sreng said the ceremony would take place at 7am at the memorial stupa near Koh Pich bridge.

Ten monks would mark the ceremony dedicated to more than 350 people killed on the bridge.

“This announcement is to invite Buddhists and relatives, especially the families of the victims, to attend the ceremony,” Mr Sreng said.

Morn Sameoun from Prey Veng province’s Me Sang district has attended events to mark the anniversary in the past but did not know yet if she could be there this year.

Her eldest daughter was killed in the stampede on the final night of the 2010 Water Festival.

Her daughter had asked her if she could visit the festival and meet her brother who worked near Koh Pich.

“I could not believe such an incident happened, it’s a big regret in my life,” Ms Sameoun said.

“I still think about my daughter. I want the government to find out why she died.”

Some victims claimed there were electric shocks from the bridge rails in the stampede, in which almost 400 more people were injured.

The government created a commission to find the cause of the stampede and said later it had been an accident. No official was punished or held responsible.

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