Antananarivo stampede disaster
Date26 June 2019
LocationAntananarivo, Madagascar
TypeStampede
Deaths16
Non-fatal injuries101

The Antananarivo stampede occurred on June 26, 2019 in Antananarivo, Madagascar, before a Rossy concert at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, celebrating the country's 59th Independence Day. The show was about to start; people believed that they could enter the stadium and began to push, but the police left the doors closed.[1] At least 16 people died and 101 others were injured.[2][3]

Previous incident

The crush was the second that had happened at the same stadium in the past year, another occurring in September 2018 during a football game between Madagascar and Senegal, which killed one and injured around forty.[4][5] The game was a qualifying match for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[6]

Stampede

Security forces opened the gates at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on 26 June 2019 to allow spectators to enter, causing the crowd to mass outside the stadium. Police then closed the gates and blocked the crowd, which caused a pile-up. According to National Gendarmerie General Chief Richard Ravalomanana, the crowd thought that the gates had been opened and they tried to force the doors; they remained closed but the crowd kept pushing.[7][8] Defense Minister General Richard Rakotonirina, however, said that it was unclear what had caused the stampede.[9]

The stampede occurred as Madagascar was celebrating the 59th anniversary of its independence. A military parade took place earlier in the stadium, and Rwandan Head of State Paul Kagame was invited as a guest of honor of President Andry Rajoelina.[7]

Victims

At least 16 people died and 101 others were injured.[10] The dead and injured were taken to the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital.

Aftermath and responses

President Rajoelina, his wife, and other government officials visited the injured at the hospital in the city to offer their condolences after the incident, and Rajoelina promised to pay for the hospitalization expenses.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ BEZAIN, LAETITIA (26 June 2019). "Stadium stampede in Madagascar's capital kills 15, wounds 80". ABC News. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Al menos 16 muertos y 82 heridos en una estampida en un estadio de Madagascar". 20minutos (in Spanish). EFE. 27 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b Busari, Stephanie; Adebayo, Bukola (27 June 2019). "Madagascar stadium stampede kills 16 during celebrations". CNN. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  4. ^ "STAMPEDE AT MADAGASCAR STADIUM LEAVES MANY DEAD". The Stadium Business.
  5. ^ "At Least 15 Dead In Concert Stampede In Madagascar". Celebrity Access.
  6. ^ "At least one dead, 37 injured in Madagascar stadium stampede". New Straits Times. 9 September 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Stadium Stampede in Madagascar's Capital Kills 15, Wounds 80". The New York Times. The Associated Press. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Many killed in Madagascar stadium stampede". Al Jazeera. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Stampede in Madagascar Crowd Kills 15, Wounds 75". Voice of America. Reuters. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  10. ^ Busari, Stephanie; Adebayo, Bukola (27 June 2019). "Madagascar stadium stampede: 16 dead, 101 people injured". CNN.