Report: 35 killed, 42 injured in Shanghai stampede

Shanghai Stampede Victims' Families Say Police Let Them Down

SHANGHAI (AP) - Thirty-five people died in a stampede during New Year's celebrations in downtown Shanghai, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported - the worst disaster to hit one of China's biggest cities in recent years.

The report early Thursday cited the Shanghai government in saying that another 42 people were injured amid the chaos about a half-hour before midnight.

The deaths and injuries occurred at Shanghai's popular riverfront Bund area, which can be jammed with spectators for major events.

CCTV America, the U.S. version of state broadcaster China Central Television, posted video of Shanghai streets after the stampede, showing piles of discarded shoes amid the debris.

One Xinhua photo from the scene showed at least one person doing chest compressions on a shirtless man while several other people lay on the ground nearby, amid debris. Another photo showed the area ringed by police.

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Crowds gather to look at flowers left at the site of a New Year's Eve stampede at the Bund in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. The New Year's stampede on Shanghai's historic waterfront killed at least 35 revellers, most of them women, and injured dozens more, despite efforts by authorities in China's commercial hub to mitigate the risk of overcrowding. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman places flowers near the site of a New Year's Eve stampede at the Bund in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. The New Year's stampede on Shanghai's historic waterfront killed at least 35 revellers, most of them women, and injured dozens more, despite efforts by authorities in China's commercial hub to mitigate the risk of overcrowding. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) Police and medical staff give first-aid to the people injured during a stampede at Shanghai's New Year celebration at the Bund area on January 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. At least 35 people were killed and 42 people were injured during a stampede at a New Year's celebration at Chenyi Square of Shanghai's Bund area, according to Xinhua New Agency. The stampede happened around 11:35 pm on December 31 and injured citizens have been sent to the No.1 People's Hospital of Shanghai. The cause of the stampede is still under investigation. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) Police and medical staff give first-aid to the people injured during a stampede at Shanghai's New Year celebration at the Bund area on January 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. At least 35 people were killed and 42 people were injured during a stampede at a New Year's celebration at Chenyi Square of Shanghai's Bund area, according to Xinhua New Agency. The stampede happened around 11:35 pm on December 31 and injured citizens have been sent to the No.1 People's Hospital of Shanghai. The cause of the stampede is still under investigation. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) Police and medical staff give first-aid to the people injured during a stampede at Shanghai's New Year celebration at the Bund area on January 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. At least 35 people were killed and 42 people were injured during a stampede at a New Year's celebration at Chenyi Square of Shanghai's Bund area, according to Xinhua New Agency. The stampede happened around 11:35 pm on December 31 and injured citizens have been sent to the No.1 People's Hospital of Shanghai. The cause of the stampede is still under investigation. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) The scene of the crowd after a stampede at Shanghai's New Year celebration at the Bund area is seen on January 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. At least 35 people were killed and 42 people were injured during a stampede at a New Year's celebration at Chenyi Square of Shanghai's Bund area, according to Xinhua New Agency. The stampede happened around 11:35 pm on December 31 and injured citizens have been sent to the No.1 People's Hospital of Shanghai. The cause of the stampede is still under investigation. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
This overhead view shows emergency vehicles (C) amongst the crowd after a stampede by new year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. The stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said on January 1. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A family member (C) cries on a bench at a hospital where some of the victims of a stampede by new year's revellers were sent in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. A stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said on January 1. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This overhead view shows people being treated at the scene after a stampede by new year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. The stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said on January 1. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Angry family members clash with security personnel in a hospital where some of the victims of a stampede by new year's revellers were sent in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. A stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said January 1st. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Angry family members clash with security personnel in a hospital where some of the victims of a stampede by new year's revellers were sent in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. A stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said January 1st. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Angry family members clash with security personnel in a hospital where some of the victims of a stampede by new year's revellers were sent in Shanghai on January 1, 2015. A stampede by New Year's revellers in Shanghai's historic riverfront area killed 35 people and injured dozens more, the city government said January 1st. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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SHANGHAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 30: (CHINA OUT) Rehearsal of new year's Countdown Party - 5D Light Show for 2015, a year of sheep, is held at The Bund on December 30, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai held a rehearsal of 5D light show performance themed as 'Dream China, Activate Shanghai' to greet the new year's coming on December 30 at The Bund. The light show performance was presented with live-action performances and multi-media interactions. It was said that Shanghai had held four years' light show in the past during the upcoming new year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 30: (CHINA OUT) Rehearsal of new year's Countdown Party - 5D Light Show for 2015, a year of sheep, is held at The Bund on December 30, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai held a rehearsal of 5D light show performance themed as 'Dream China, Activate Shanghai' to greet the new year's coming on December 30 at The Bund. The light show performance was presented with live-action performances and multi-media interactions. It was said that Shanghai had held four years' light show in the past during the upcoming new year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 30: (CHINA OUT) Rehearsal of new year's Countdown Party - 5D Light Show for 2015, a year of sheep, is held at The Bund on December 30, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai held a rehearsal of 5D light show performance themed as 'Dream China, Activate Shanghai' to greet the new year's coming on December 30 at The Bund. The light show performance was presented with live-action performances and multi-media interactions. It was said that Shanghai had held four years' light show in the past during the upcoming new year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
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The cause of the stampede remained under investigation, the Xinhua report said.

Last week, the English-language Shanghai Daily reported that the annual New Year's Eve countdown on the Bund that normally attracts about 300,000 people had been cancelled, apparently because of crowd control issues. The report said a "toned-down" version of the event would be held instead but that it would not be open to the public.

The stampede appeared to be near that area.

Meanwhile, Xinhua's top story on its website was not the stampede but President Xi Jinping's New Year's message. Xinhua's story in Chinese remained just two paragraphs long hours after the disaster.

Shanghai's historic Bund riverfront runs along an area of narrow streets amid restored old buildings, shops and tourist attractions. The China Daily newspaper in February reported that the city's population was more than 24 million at the end of 2013.

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