Published Jul 28, 2010The tragedy that struck Duisburg, Germany's Love Parade last weekend keeps worsening. Initially, sources reported that over 500 were injured and 19 were killed in a stampede that broke out in the tunnel that served as the festival's only exit. Now, the death toll has risen to 21.
The most recent victim was a 25-year-old woman who succumbed to her injuries last night (July 27) in hospital. The CBC reports that all of the deceased suffered crushed ribcages.
The incident is now the subject of an official inquiry, as many are blaming city officials, who reportedly ignored warnings from the police and fire departments. The electronic music festival only got formal approval hours before the event began. Mayor Adolf Sauerland has apparently received death threats, and onlookers threw garbage at him when he visited the tunnel where the tragedy occurred.
According to the Associated Press, Sauerland has not accepted any responsibility and has refused to resign.
Unsurprisingly, festival organizers have also come under fire for their choice of venue. According to initial reports, the 300,000-capacity freight railway station attracted 1.4 million people.
Politicians and festival organizers have both blamed one another; organizers note that they were given official approval to go ahead, but city officials contend that too many people were allowed into the event. Hopefully, this debate will be settled by the official inquiry. The initial findings are expected to be revealed later today (July 28).