Deadly stampede at CUSAT tech fest: Four fatalities and multiple injuries reported
In a heart-wrenching turn of events, a stampede at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in Kochi has led to the death of four students, with at least 64 others injured. The incident unfolded during a tech fest on campus, as singer Nikhita Gandhi was performing. Reports indicate that the stampede was triggered when people outside the venue rushed in to escape the rain, turning the situation into a nightmare.
Critical Condition: Students’ Lives Hang in the Balance
Kerala Health Minister Veena George confirmed the tragic news, stating that four students, including two boys and two girls, were declared dead upon arrival at the Kalamassery Medical College in Kochi. The minister revealed that the condition of four students is critical, with two receiving treatment in a private hospital and two in a government hospital.
Emergency Response to CUSAT Tragedy
In her statement, Ms. George added, “18 injured people are admitted to a private hospital. We alerted the hospitals as soon as we found out. A team of doctors is collecting information from the hospitals.” The swift response and ongoing treatment efforts highlight the severity of this tragic incident.
The CUSAT tech fest, intended to be a celebration of technology and talent, was abruptly transformed into a scene of chaos and tragedy. This incident raises serious concerns about campus safety and emergency preparedness during large-scale university events.