Eyewitness: Cambodia stampede

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Australian Sean Ngu, who is visiting family and friends in Phnom Penh, describes the stampede during Cambodia's water festival, in which at least 339 people were killed.

'I was in the park, some 30m away from the bridge. There was lots of noise and celebration cheer. Suddenly the cheer became screams, louder and louder. At first we thought people were celebrating, but the screams were different.

There were too many people on the bridge and both ends were pushing towards the centre. The pushing caused those in the middle to fall to the ground and then get crushed.

Those who were leaning against them were pushed further into the centre. This caused a sudden panic. I saw at least 50 people jumping in the river.

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