Monday, May 31, 1999 Published at 08:13 GMT 09:13 UK
Belarus stampede kills 54
Scores were crushed or trampled underfoot
At least 54 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in an underground train station stampede in the Belarus capital Minsk.
Most of the victims were young girls. Many had been crushed or suffocated.
Interior Minister Yuri Sivakov said several women wearing high heels slid on the slippery cement floor and were trampled underfoot.
He said 42 of the dead were teenage girls. Two police officers also died trying to control the rush.
Around 2,500 people had been attending the concert on Sunday.
People outside did not know what had happened inside the tunnel and kept pushing forward to get out of the rain.
One survivor told Russia's NTV television: "People kept arriving until there was almost no space and then the whole mess began. There was no escape.
"Those that had fallen, the others just let them lie and ran over them," said the man, whose hand was bandaged.
Ruthless crowd control
The Interfax news agency reported more than 100 people were being treated at two hospitals in Minsk.
President Alexander Lukashenko said the government had established a commission to investigate the tragedy.
BBC Moscow Correspondent Andrew Harding says this sort of incident is rare in the former Soviet Union where crowd control is often ruthless.
Although relatively poor, Belarus is considered politically stable and is perhaps best known for its authoritarian president.