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Listen to News ~ dateline: 12 February 2013

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Hindu Pilgrims Killed In Stampede

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Hindu: a person who believes in Hinduism – the most dominant religion and philosophy in India
  • pilgrim: a person who takes a long journey for religious reasons
  • stampede: a sudden rush of people in panic
  • on hand: available
  • holy: sacred; associated with God

Hindu Pilgrims Killed In Stampede

At least 36 people died on Sunday when a stampede took place near an railway station during a religious festival in India. The stampede occurred as thousands of people ran to grab their train. Every 12 years, millions of Hindus from all over India make the pilgrimage to Allahabad where they take a holy bath in India’s sacred Ganges River. Tens of thousands of volunteers were on hand to help control the crowds on Sunday, which was considered the holiest day of the . Ambulances failed to reach the injured in a timely manner due to the . Approximately 100 million bathers are expected to attend the 55-day festival.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the stampede take place?
  2. Why were so many people gathered in one place this Sunday?
  3. Who was responsible for crowd control?

Discussion Question: Some people are not comfortable in crowds. Others love the excitement of festivals, parades, and large gatherings. Would you and your family members feel comfortable attending an event such as this where thousands of people have to be reunited at a lost-and-found centre?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub.com
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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