2005 November Chennai stampede
|Date||6 November 2005|
The 2005 November Chennai stampede incident happened on 6 November 2005 in a school in Vyasarpadi on the outskirts of Chennai where relief supplies were distributed by the state government for people affected by severe flooding. There were 6 deaths in the accident, which left another 12 injured. The state government announced a compensation of ₹one lakh for all the victims and ₹15,000 for the injured.
During 2005, there were heavy rains in Chennai and the surrounding areas that resulted in floods. Most coastal areas of the state were flooded. Many people were rendered homeless by the floods during the month. Relief measures were announced by the government that necessitated collecting tokens from the authorities in different centres across the city.
On 6 November 2005, Sunday, around 10,000 people were gathered around the school in Vyasarpadi where the relief measures were distributed. The people were assembling from 4:30 a.m., while the distribution was planned for 9 a.m. The government were distributing ₹2,000, 10 kg of rice, dhotis and saris to the people affected by the floods. As soon as the gates were opened, people broke open leading to a stampede. The initial reports indicated 6 people were killed and 12 others were injured, while some placed it at 30.
The then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa visited the injured in the hospital. The state government announced a compensation of one lakh (100,000) indian rupees for all the victims and ₹15,000 for the injured.
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