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Dangerous overcrowding persists a day after deadly stampede in India

Jitendra Prakash / Reuters

Hindu pilgrims crowd to board a train at an overcrowded railway station in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on Feb. 11. A stampede at a railway station in Allahabad killed at least 36 Hindu pilgrims on Sunday. Twenty-seven of the dead were women, mostly elderly and poor. An eight-year-old girl was also crushed to death.

Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP

Hindu devotees returning from Maha Kumbh jostle to get in a coach of a train at the main railway station of Allahabad, India, on Feb. 11.

Published at 12:30 p.m. ET:

Reuters reports: A stampede at a railway station in northern India killed at least 36 Hindu pilgrims on Sunday, the busiest day of the world's largest religious festival at which some 30 million had gathered to wash away their sins in the sacred Ganges river.

Twenty-seven of the dead were women, mostly elderly and poor. An eight-year-old girl was also crushed to death. A Reuters witness saw a woman weeping at the train station, surrounded by six bodies dressed in brightly colored saris. Read full story

Jitendra Prakash / Reuters

Hindu pilgrims sit on railways tracks as they wait to board their trains at an overcrowded railway station in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on Feb. 11.

Manish Swarup / AP

Hindu devotee returning from Maha Kumbh festival travel in an luggage van of a train from the main railway station of Allahabad on Feb. 13.

Harish Tyagi / EPA

Two unidentified Indian men who reportedly lost their sister in a deadly stampede comfort each other outside a mortuary in Allahabad on Feb. 11.

Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP

Relatives of the missing look at photos of victims of a stampede outside a hospital morgue in Allahabad on Feb. 11.

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