Identities of Shanghai stampede victims verified

Shanghai: The authorities here have verified and revealed the identities of the 36 people killed in the New Year eve stampede, the government's press office said Saturday.

According to the list of victims, 34 were from Shanghai, one was from Taiwan and one was a Malaysian, Xinhua reported.

The youngest victim was 12-years-old and the oldest was 37.

Students of Fudan University, East China Normal University and East China University of Political Science and Law were among those killed.

The stampede occurred Wednesday night as tens of thousands of people assembled in Shanghai's historic riverfront walk for a New Year skyline show in the Pudong financial area on the opposite side of the Huangpu river.

Police are investigating the cause of the stampede and the municipal government has set up a work team for rescue operations.

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