DAR ES SALAAM, 30 March 2021 – Forty-five people were killed in the stampede as mourners gathered to view the body of former President John Pombe Magufuli, Tanzanian police confirmed Tuesday.
The death toll is significantly higher compared to the initial report released by the police shortly after the stampede which said five people were killed.
The initial death toll was immediately dismissed as inacurrate after one family more than a week after it happened, after just one family confirmed losing six members in the stampede.
According to media reports, one man lost his wife, two children, a nephew and a niece.
Then the family’s maid was also found dead a few days later among the mortal remains of people who had been crushed in the stampede.
Police did not provide the names, the ages or the gender breakdown of the victims.
It explained that an additional 37 people were injured in the stampede which occurred in the economic capital of Dar es Salaam.
Thousands of mourners turned up at the stadium in Dar es Salaam to bid farewell to their late president only to die in the process as authorities failed in crowd control.