Shanghai Seeks Answers After New Years Eve Disaster

January 2, 2015 6:37 AM

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The New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai that killed 36 people and wounded 47 others has prompted urgent questions about crowd control in China, now that the world’s most populous nation enters a winter holiday season characterized by massive gatherings of people and public transportation pushed to the limit.

President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for an investigation into what went wrong on Wednesday night, when dozens of people were trampled during sudden pandemonium at the Bund, a historic riverfront and major tourist draw in China’s largest city, state news agency Xinhua reports.

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