China: Three dead in shop stampede

Three shoppers died and at least 31 others were injured in a stampede when the doors opened at the start of a sale at a Carrefour supermarket in south-western China today, state media reported.

Three shoppers died and at least 31 others were injured in a stampede when the doors opened at the start of a sale at a Carrefour supermarket in south-western China today, state media reported.

Some shoppers slipped as they rushed through a door to the Carrefour in Chongqing city when the store opened at 8.30am, and those who fell were then crushed by other shoppers, the websites of the Xinhua News Agency and People’s Daily reported.

The People’s Daily said shoppers began lining up outside the store at 4am to buy discounted rapeseed oil used for cooking.

Seven of the 31 injured were in a serious condition, said Xinhua.

The accident is the second-known supermarket stampede in recent weeks. Fifteen shoppers were injured in a Shanghai market last month. Both were apparently caused in part by sales of cooking oil, prices of which have soared by more than a third due to inflation in the past year.

As part of promotions to celebrate its 10th anniversary in Chongqing, Carrefour offered 20% off five litre containers of rapeseed oil, the People’s Daily said.

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