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Pilgrimage To Celestial Light Causes Terrible

From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 07:26:08 +0100 (MET)
Fwd Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 15:03:34 -0500
Subject: Pilgrimage To Celestial Light Causes Terrible

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Source: AP via the Boston Globe




Rescuers seek hundreds in rubble after a landslide at Indian

By Associated Press, 01/16/99 

NEW DELHI - Rescuers cleared debris yesterday, and sobbing
pilgrims searched for relatives and friends, after 51 pilgrims
died in a stampede and landslide at a Hindu shrine in southern
India, news reports said.

Local television reported that at least 100 other pilgrims were
injured as thousands of people rushed down a hill Thursday near
the Sabarimala shrine in southern Kerala state, 1,300 miles
south of New Delhi.

Rescue workers dug through a mound of boulders that had slid
down the slope, looking for 11 people still feared buried,
police said yesterday. Hundred of firefighters and police were
trying to clear thousands of panicked pilgrims from the area.

The pilgrimage turned into a stampede Thursday after a rope
snapped that had been intended to channel the flow of people
downhill. Barefoot pilgrims were suddenly all over the hillside,
some trying to sidestep electrical wires strewn in the area,
police said. Part of the hilltop collapsed under the pressure,
creating a landslide, police said.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims were visiting the area for the
Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti.

The Star TV network said facilities at the shrine were
inadequate to cope with the number of pilgrims, which has risen
each year. It reported that only 30 doctors were on hand to care
for half a million pilgrims.

Sabarimala is a deeply revered Hindu pilgrimage site. Each year,
tens of millions of pilgrims in traditional black robes climb
the 9-mile route up the mountain to worship at a temple
dedicated to the Hindu god Ayappa.

On the way down, they often stop at vantage points on the hill
to watch for a naturally occurring light reportedly seen in the
surrounding forest only on a limited number of holy days.

This story ran on page A05 of the Boston Globe on 01/16/99.

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