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People cross a bridge after a stampede near Ratangarh temple in Datia district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh October 13, 2013. A stampede at a bridge leading to a remote Hindu temple in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday killed at least 89 people and injured more than 100, police said. Nearly 150,000 devotees gathered to celebrate Dussehra at the Ratangarh temple, in a forest outside the town of Datia, 390 km (240 miles) north of Bhopal. But pilgrims panicked when the railings broke on a bridge that led to the temple, triggering the stampede. Some devotees were crushed to death under the feet of fellow worshippers, others drowned after falling or jumping into the river Sindh.

Deadlist stampedes in India

The stampede at a temple in Datia in Madhya Pradesh added to India's notoriety for deaths due to such accidents, when sudden, uncontrollable crowds surge out of control.  Counting the February 10, 2013 incident in Allahabad, stampedes have claimed over a thousand lives in the last few years. Interestingly, most casualties in a stampede are not due to trampling but from compressive asphyxiation, when people are suffocated by being crushed against the mass of bodies. Managing large crowds, avoiding overcrowding and effective communication and security systems to ensure that panic does not lead to out-of-control crowd movement are some measures to check stampedes. Here is a look at some recent incidents of stampedes at religious gatherings. Here is a look at some of the deadliest stampede to have happened in India: