10 Sep 2009

Five dead after stampede at Delhi school

9:35 pm on 10 September 2009

At least five girls have been killed in a stampede at a state-run school in a crowded area of the Indian capital, Delhi, authorities say.

The BBC reports the stampede in Khajuri Khas area also injured 24 students. Doctors say five are in a critical condition on Thursday.

Officials said the stampede took place when a group of girl students, who tried to run down a narrow staircase, collided into a group of boys going up.

The school is waterlogged following a night of heavy rains in Delhi.

Earlier reports said the stampede was sparked by rumours that electric current had entered water due to a short-circuit.

State authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident.