36 dead, 47 injured in New Year’s stampede in Shanghai

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Two men place candles in the shape of a heart at the site of a New Year’s Eve stampede at The Bund in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER

At least 36 people are dead, and 47 injured during a New Year’s celebration on the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai.

Emergency teams and police tried to save as many people as they could during a deadly stampede that begat at 11:35 p.m. local time. Police rushed to the scene and began to take the injured to nearby hospitals and formed a human chain to create a room for the injured to receive treatment.

According to Shanghai Rescue authorities, many of those at the Bund were young students, as were many of the dead.

Distraught relatives waited in the hospital lobbies for news of their loved ones.

Sina News reported that masses of crowds in Chen Yi Square on the Bund led to the stampede. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but the Eastday news portal in Shanghai interviewed an eyewitness to the stampede named Wu Tao, from neighboring Anhui province, who said that the stampede began when some people threw fake promotional money from the windows of luxury club called Bund No. 18 in Shanghai.

However after watching videos, Shanghai Police deny that the stampede was caused by “coupon-throwing.”

After the accident, local hospitals sent ambulances to the scene and transported the injured people to emergency rooms.

Officials of the Shanghai Municipal Commission held their first press conference at the Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, reporting the latest development of the medical treatment given to patients injured during the stampede.

“By 11:00 Thursday, 36 people were reported to have died and 47 other people were injured. Seven people who were slightly injured have already left the hospital. The remaining 40 people are accepting medical treatment in hospital. Of the injured, 33 people have been identified. The patients are mainly young people, with 12 males and 28 females. Of the 40 injured, 27 have minor injuries and the 13 others were severely injured and are in critical condition,” said Wu.

CCTV News reporter Xu Zhaoqun reported this story from Shanghai.

Relatives mourn Shanghai stampede victims

Relatives mourn Shanghai stampede victims

Emergency teams and police tried to save as many people as they could during a deadly stampede that begat at 11:35 p.m. local time. Police rushed to the scene and began to take the injured to nearby hospitals and formed a human chain to create a room for the injured to receive treatment.

Photos posted on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, showed the chaos.

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At the news conference, the director of the Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, Zheng Xingdong, introduced patients’ conditions in the hospital.

“Our hospital received a total of 18 injured people. Six are badly injured, and three of them are still in critical condition. The injuries include traumatic asphyxia, soft tissue damage on four limbs and upper-abdominal crush injuries. Currently 10 patients are receiving medical treatment in our hospital and one is under observation. The other seven slightly injured patients have left the hospital after medical treatment,” said Zheng Xingdong, director of the Shanghai Changzheng Hospital.

Local officials in Shanghai visited the patients in hospitals injured in a tragic stampede that killed 36 people and injured 47 during the New Year’s Eve celebration at Shanghai’s Bund area Wednesday. An emergency meeting was held to ensure stepped-up safety measures were taken throughout the city.


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Shanghai stampede aftermath

Shanghai stampede aftermath

At least 35 people are dead, and 42 are injured during a New Year’s celebration on the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai.

Han Zheng, secretary of the Communist Party of China Shanghai Municipal Committee and Yang Xiong, mayor of Shanghai Municipality, rushed to Shanghai Central Hospital right after the deadly stampede.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a statement tonight all efforts should be taken to treat the the injured, and that authorities should pay close attention to the aftermath and enhance the security measures to ensure people’s life and property safety during the holiday season.

The city’s annual New Year’s eve 3-D laser display on the Bund was cancelled this year, after taking place for the last three years, according to Shanghai Daily.

One week before the New Year, Shanghai authorities cancelled the event which attracted nearly 300,000 people last year, reportedly due to crowd control issues. A toned down version of the celebration was held at several locations in the city instead.

More than a day after the tragic events, many have lined up to lay flowers on the Bund to mourn those who died.

Photos posted on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, showed the chaos.

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Map shows Chen Yi Square near the Bund, a famous waterfront area in central Shanghai close to where the stampede occurred.

  • lippy

    Let’s keep up with Obama’s open borders and amnesty until this is what America looks like too.

    • Bilel

      This happens everytime at Black Friday so…

      • Harry Hirsch

        30 dead in a mall? where? when?

  • gdnctr


  • Boregardless

    Anyone who thinks they can avoid problems if you get caught in a mega-crowd are nuts.

    • Harry Hirsch

      problems…? 30 dead and 50 injured!

  • Suit Case

    this never would have happened if Mao Tse Tung was still in charge.

    • Snellville bob

      You mean it never would have been reported.

  • BrocinChina

    I live in China and do my best to stay clear of crowds as my neighborhood was quiet. The government is to blame on this one, allowing “free” entertainment. Had they charged people 30 quai each to get in the area, (which the government could easily do), the crowd would be cut by at least 50%.

    • Vanya Agyeyev

      Not good to charge people on new year

    • britain

      You are a moron

      • Jawaralal_Schwartz

        You are out of order, madame db. Have a happy new year.

      • BrocinChina

        sticks and stones dude

      • BrocinChina

        maybe, but free stuff has always been the motivation here and had they organized and filtered the crowd -as they do at malls- by requiring a fee to enter the Bund area, crowd control would be self regulating.

      • A.IN.Canada

        Remember the poor farmer in Henan who gave his products for free because he couldn’t sell them? The crowds destroyed his farm land!

    • A.IN.Canada

      Maybe 100rmb world be better.

  • BrocinChina

    The central government should wise up. Soon their policies will awaken -yet again- the sleeping dragon and this crowd will encircle their ever eroding encampment.

    • Vanya Agyeyev

      This was an accident no one could avoid

      • A.IN.Canada


  • Guest

    Maybe the Chinese should stick to observing the Lunar New Year.

  • Justin

    And the sad part? Every single family needs to be told it should have never happened. I was there 2009 and came the closest to death I’ve ever been. I was down to my knees under the crowd, and made it out by a calm crowd and a saving hand 3 levels back that pulled me to my feet when I cried out “jiu ming!”.

    That means it is likely that for at LEAST 5 years authorities have had the chance to do something different and citizens have had the chance to observe how DANGEROUS it is at the bund, and NOTHING has been done.

    • A.IN.Canada

      They think it’s cool to celebrate the western New Year……now maybe they will grow up. Don’t push because people die! So sad.

  • Dan

    Did someone drop a silver or gold coin?

    • I read that someone dropped fake $100 bills out of a 17th floor window. anybody else hear this. This is typical crowd like in subway for asia. This just got out of hand.

  • gggggg53

    The wise cracks and political comments are out of order. Local government may have had warning from prior years and certainly could be doing better at crowd control. This sort of thing has happened in other places (Who concert in Cincinnati. I believe about 25 years ago, for one; etc., football stadiums….)…. Meanwhile, I am still trying to figure if my daughter is ok… snarky comments seem unwarranted.

    • Harry Hirsch

      people comment the way they want

    • Aw2

      My thoughts and prayers your daughter is safe! And my heart goes out to the victims families. This is tragic.

      I apologize on behalf of the arrogant people who know no compassion until it happens to them.

  • A.IN.Canada

    This used to happen at rock concerts before when it was festival seating. Not anymore. When you are in a big crowd please don’t push as the poor people in front will be crushed. It’s not rocket science but Chinese people unfortunately are trained to push. The Shanghai government need to be train on how to do crowd control. Please don’t push if you are in a big crowd.

  • Jaycasey

    Condolences to all the victim families. I’ve been there in those crowds and once was enough. Too scary.

  • Dyn
  • lukebc

    Some years back a friend was at a concert in California that attracted around half a million people. She made the big mistake of being near the front, near
    the stage. The crowd was pushing so hard that people in the front were
    being pushed into the steel barriers and were being crushed. My friend
    had her shoulder dislocated from the force of the crowd pushing the
    people in the front.

    Of course lets not forget the Cincinnati concert where a dozen people were trampled to death

    Guess you could say “typical white crowd” huh?

    • wow what concert drew 1/2 mil people in CA? I heard that somebody threw fake $100 dollar bills outta a building on 17th story Shanghai only has about 15 – 16 million people in 2000. this was a pretty big crowd for them.