CRS staff in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh were unhurt by a stampede that broke out on Monday, but shared in the nation’s dismay as a festival meant to be a joyous holiday turned tragic. The Water Festival marks the end of the rainy season in Cambodia, and is usually celebrated with boat races, fireworks and picnics. On Monday, over 370 people were killed when dense crowds–who had been watching the celebrations from a bridge–suddenly panicked and trampled others while fleeing the bridge.
“In this time of great tragedy, we are relieved that all CRS staff and their immediate families are accounted for and uninjured,” says Kellie Hynes, Head of Programming for CRS Cambodia. “We are keeping those affected by this terrible event in our thoughts and prayers.”
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