8 dead, 28 injured in stampede for free Church food

8 die stampede charity food centre youth Zambia handout 28 injured

They also said five died at the scene, while the other three died in hospital.

The victims are among the 35,000 people which a group called Lesedi Seven had invited for prayers at OYDC.

Zambian police, while confirming the incident said an inquiry has been opened to find out what happened.

Eight people are dead and 28 injured after a stampede during food handouts at a youth centre in Zambia's capital, Lusaka.

One woman, six men and one boy died at the stampede, a police spokesman told the Lusaka Times.

The injured persons are said to be receiving treatment at Chingwere first level hospital and Chipata clinic while the bodies of the deceased have been taken to University Teaching Hospital mortuary.

Police ordered the church that had been distributing corn meal, cooking oil and salt, to halt the handouts.

Southern Africa has been hit by a severe drought since 2015, and food prices in Zambia have risen.

According to World Bank figures, 60 percent of Zambians live below the poverty line and 42 percent of the population is considered to be extremely poor.

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