At least 31 people were killed in a stampede in southern Nigeria during a church-sponsored food distribution on Saturday, police said.
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The disaster occurred in the town of Port Harcourt, Rivers state, local police spokeswoman Grace Iringe-Koko said, citing 31 deaths.
Several tragedies during stampedes
Local Nigerian media reported that the event was organized by the King's Assembly Church to donate food and various supplies to the needy at a polo ground in the oil city.
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In recent years, Nigeria has experienced several tragedies during stampedes linked to food distributions, including in 2021 during a food distribution program organized by a humanitarian agency in the northern state of Borno, where seven women died after being trampled on by the mob.