Thirty six people have died in a crush at the world's biggest religious festival, the Kumb Mela in India. Emergency service teams have come under fire for their reaction to the panic, and the pilgrimage's chief organizer has resigned.
Dozens have been killed in a stampede on their way home from India's popular Kumbh Mela festival. Railings on a bridge reportedly gave way under the weight of the crowds.
Tens of millions of Hindus are expected to gather for the holiest day of the Kumbh Mela, the largest religious festival in the world. Devotees will bathe in the Ganges River to wash away their sins.
Millions of Indians are taking part in a massive religious pilgrimage which only comes about once every 12 years. But water pollution could endanger those attending - the event centers around the polluted River Ganges.
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