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Tragedy on the Bund(九年级阅读)  

2015-01-24 19:23:43|  分类: 九年级阅读 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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      “I failed to protect you.” That was the poignant message postedonline by Du Yijun’s boyfriend.
  He was with the 21-year-old Fudan University student as she died of suffocation in the crush of the New Year’s Eve crowd on the Bund.
  Du was one of the 36 people who died that night when a holiday celebration turned into a terrible tragedy. Authorities say overcrowding and the failure of the police to control the crowds were the main reasons it happened.
  For the last three New Year’s Eve celebrations, a light show on the Bund had attracted large crowds and a large police presence, but this year the light show was cancelled and there were fewer police on hand. But the crowds came anyway. About 300,000 people were on the Bund by 8:30 that evening and more kept arriving until all hell broke loose around 11:30.
  For some unknown reason, on a stairway leading up the riverfront viewing platform, a sense of panic overtook the crowd and they began to stampede. Some people fell on the stairs and were trampled to death. More lives would have been lost had it not been for a brave group of young men who urged the crowd to calm down.
  Crowd disasters like the one on the Bund happen all over the world and they are becoming more frequent. According to one study, human stampedes have more than doubled in the past two decades. In recent years, hundreds of people have died at religious festivals, football games and rock concerts—all caught in the crush of panicked crowds. Psychologists say that when people are packed together in small areas a “mob psychology” takes over and, when something goes wrong,a primitive sense of self-preservation kicks in—it becomes a fight for survival.
  In Shanghai, authorities have reacted to the Bund tragedy by cancelling or scaling back big events. But this isn’t really necessary. Better planning and better crowd control can ensure safe celebrations.
  However, if you’re going to a place where there will be a big crowd, you should take notice of where the exits are and, if the crowd becomes too dense, move away from the center. And, most importantly, if the crowd seems too big and makes you feel uncomfortable, just leave. No celebration is worth losing your life over.
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