Cambodian Bon Om Touk stampede highlights preventable tragedy

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The tragic nature of the human stampede that took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on November 22, 2010 claimed the lives of 347 people during the three-day-long Water Festival, known as Bon Om Touk. Described as the greatest tragedy that Cambodia has experienced since the collapse of the Khmer Rouge, the Bon Om Touk stampede ranks among the deadliest human stampede disasters during the past 30 years, a Class IV event exceeding 100 fatalities according to a recently proposed scale. 1 From the perspective of global health, the event shares many characteristics with preceding major crowd disasters and failures in event planning. It is essential for the international community to officially monitor human stampedes as it does other major disasters. Additional research on human stampedes is needed to improve our collective understanding of the causes of crowd disasters and how best to prevent them. Hsu EB, Burkle FM Jr.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-482
Number of pages2
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012


  • Keywords accidental electrocution
  • developing country
  • disaster planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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