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At least ten killed as seating area collapses at Ethiopian festival

Gondar: At least ten people were killed on Monday and scores injured when a seating area collapsed during a major Orthodox Christian celebration in Ethiopia, with fears the death toll could rise.
The accident occurred just before 8am (0500 GMT) on Monday in Gondar, a historic city in the country’s north, where every year more than a million people gather for the epiphany festivities known as Timkat.
Two doctors at the University of Gondar Hospital told AFP that 10 people died when the spectator stands gave way suddenly at Fasilides’ Bath, where thousands typically gather to watch worshippers plunge into the holy waters. “I can tell you up to now we have 10 dead. The number of injured is 100 or even 150,” said one senior doctor at the hospital. (AFP)

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