Authorities in northern India say as many as 150 pilgrims have died and
at least 48 others have been injured in a stampede at an annual Hindu
Officials in Himachal Pradesh state say the tragedy occurred Sunday
when a metal railing along a narrow mountain path leading to the Naina
Devi temple collapsed under the weight of tens of thousands of
They say rumors of a landslide triggered the stampede, as
people tried to flee to safety. Bad weather was complicating recovery
and rescue efforts, but officials
say police used a cable car to ferry down the dead and wounded.
Helicopters rushed scores of injured people to nearby hospitals.
The temple was packed at the time of the tragedy. The incident happened
in the district of Bilaspur,on the second day of the nine-day Shavran
Navratras festival that honors the Hindu goddess Shaktri.