Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 31st 2014 Contents a statement from the president s office.
The head of a government body for entertainment
has been sacked following the incident, the statement
Eyewitnesses said there up to 10,000 people, mostly
young people, at the beach event.
Correspondents say this is not the first incident
of this kind in Guinea.
Last January, six people were killed on another
beach of the Conakry suburb during a reggae con-
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At least 34 people have reportedly died in a stam-
pede in Guinea, during a concert marking the end
of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The president s office declared a week of national
mourning for what it called a "tragic drama" at the
concert by the Guinean rap group Instinct Killers.
Dozens of people were injured, said police sources
quoted by AFP.
The concert took place on Tuesday evening on a
beach in Ratoma, a northern suburb of the capital
A medical source at Donka hospital in the capital
told Reuters that the number of injured continued
"There are currently 34 bodies in the morgue. The
list of injured keeps growing," the source said.
"The oldest among them can t be more than 20.
There are young girls among them," he added.
The authorities were "shocked by the tragic drama
caused by mass movements at a cultural event," said
A family member, left, with a casket containing the
body of a loved one that died during a stampede that
took place the night before at a rap concert in the
city of Conakry, Guinea, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Guinea concert stampede 'kills 34'
Liberia shuts schools
to curb Ebola
DAKAR---Liberia will close schools and consider
quarantining some communities, it said yesterday,
announcing the toughest measures yet imposed by
a West African government to halt the worst Ebola
outbreak on record.
Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce
the steps, part of an action plan that includes placing
all non-essential government workers on 30-day
Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in Liberia,
neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to
World Health Organisation figures, as under-funded
healthcare systems have struggled to cope with the
epidemic. Liberia accounted for just under one-fifth
of those deaths.
"This is a major public health emergency. It s fierce,
deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and
we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown,
Liberia s information minister, told Reuters.
"We need the support of the international com-
munity now more than ever. We desperately need
all the help we can get."
But highlighting international concern about the
crisis, the US Peace Corps said it was withdrawing
340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in a speech
posted on the presidency s Web site that the gov-
ernment was considering quarantining several com-
munities based on the recommendation of the health
US Peace Corps withdrawing
volunteers due to Ebola virus
WASHINGTON---The US Peace Corps said yesterday
it was pulling 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra
Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola
virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries
It is the worst outbreak on record of the deadly
virus, according to the World Health Organization.
"The Peace Corps today announced that it is tem-
porarily removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra
Leone and Guinea due to the increasing spread of
the Ebola virus," the group said in a statement.
The Peace Corps currently has 102 volunteers in
Guinea, 108 in Liberia and 130 in Sierra Leone working
in the areas of education, health and agriculture.
The State Department has confirmed that one US
citizen died from Ebola in Nigeria after being infected
in Liberia. Two other American aid workers infected
with Ebola---Dr Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy
Writebol---are in serious condition, but have shown
They were part of a team in Liberia from North
Carolina-based Christian relief groups Samaritan s
Purse and SIM. (Reuters)
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