There are several events where a crowd of thousands of people gathers. Be it a concert, a religious festival such as Hajj, a match in a stadium, protest, marching, or a royal event. Unfortunately, it seems that things like proper crowd management and proper emergency exit protocol are often overlooked until it's far too late.
One of the worst to be featured on here takes us back to Portugal in 1809, the day of the Ponte das Barcas bridge collapse. In an attempt to flee from troops, thousands of Portuguese citizens attempted to cross the bridge, which then collapsed. It's been estimated that 5,000 people lost their lives from this tragedy. Others include the Iroquois Theater Fire, which was a tragedy in Chicago, Illinois way back in 1903. The theater had been advertised as "absolutely fireproof," but this turned out to be false advertising when the building had fire escapes that were unfinished, and 602 people lost their lives.
In this infographic, from Smart Advocate, learn more about 27 of the deadliest human stampedes the world has ever seen, including information on the backstory of what happened on these fateful days, along with how many lives were lost as a result of each incident.
Infographic by: Smartadvocate.com